OUR QUESTIONS DETERMINE OUR THOUGHTS
If we want to change the quality of our lives, we should change our habitual questions. These questions direct our focus, and therefore how we think and how we feel.
The masters of question asking, of course, are kids. How many millions of questions do they constantly bombard us with as they’re growing up? Why do you think that is? Is it just to drive us crazy? We need to realize that they’re constantly making evaluations as to what things mean and what they should do. They’re starting to create neuro-associations that will guide their futures. They’re learning machines, and the way to learn, to think, to make new connections, is initiated by questions — either questions we ask of ourselves or others.
Quality questions create a quality life. You need to burn this idea into your brain. Businesses succeed when those who make the decisions that control their destiny ask the right questions about markets or strategies or product lines. Relationships flourish when people ask the right questions about where potential conflicts exist and how to support each other instead of tearing each other down. Politicians win elections when the questions they raise — whether explicitly or implicitly — provide answers that work for them and their community.
When the automobile was in its infancy, hundreds of people tinkered with building them, but Henry Ford asked, “How can I mass-produce it?” Millions chafed under communism, but Lech Walesa asked, “How can I raise the standard of living for all working men and women?” Questions set off a processional effect that has an impact beyond our imagination. Questioning our limitations is what tears down the walls in life — in business, in relationships, between countries.
THE POWER OF QUESTIONS
“Some men see things as they are, and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say, ‘Why not?’”(George Bernard Shaw)
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