7 Questions that Change the Way People Think
When making decisions the most important thing is to make them.
The principles of decision-making include:
- Go with your highest point of clarity. (Important decisions are never perfectly clear.)
- Keep moving forward, especially after making mistakes.
- Fear creates a disappointing future.
7 questions that change the way people think:
#1. Will it cause harm?
Reasonable certainty that your decision won’t cause harm is justification to take the next step. When uncertainty is high, make smaller decisions. Clarity emerges as you move forward, not before.
#2. Does it seem like forward movement?
Cautious decision-makers unintentionally move toward a past that feels comfortable – even if it was disappointing.
Decisions that don’t create forward movement are terms of surrender disguised as wisdom.
#3. What’s the bravest thing you can do?
You move from reactive to proactive thinking when you ask, “What’s the bravest thing I could do?”
When fear dominates thinking, this question shifts perspective from reaction to initiative.
#4. If you could, what would you do?
‘If you could’ questions often change the way people think about themselves.
They say, “I don’t know.” You ask, “If you did know?”
They say, “I can’t.” You ask, “If you could?”
#5. Are there obstacles?
If everything needs to feel natural and easy, you’d still be crawling.
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius
Obstacles make the path worth following. A path without obstacles is monotony.
#6. Who might help?
Look for someone with…
- Unique knowledge or skill.
Look for someone who will help you decide, not decide for you.
#7. What happens if you do nothing?
You’re making decisions to improve something.
If you aren’t willing to change, stop thinking about change.
Which of the above questions speak to you?
What questions change the way people think? Why?