The Powerful Impact of Questions
Questions are powerful tools because they invoke great ideas, insights, and discoveries. They also jumpstart the pursuit to reveal the most relevant, and sometimes unimagined, information. Questions help elicit responses that make you think and they may even be responsible for your course corrections.
We normally ask questions of others, but sometimes the tables should be turned so that we can ask questions of ourselves.
There are two important questions to ask every day:
- In the morning: “How will I grow today?”
- At the end of the day: “How did I grow today?”
We face decisions every day. Most of them are so easy that decision making is a seamless brain process and we’re usually unaware of it. Yet moving through life without asking ourselves thought-provoking questions and assessing results only encourages mediocrity. Robots and machines were fashioned for dull, monotonous and rote movements - not humans.
What sets us apart from even the latest technological advancements for the most sophisticated machinery is our ability to reflect and contemplate.
Many decisions we make through the day have no long-lasting consequences while others can have a colossal impact on the direction of our life.
We decide what time to get up, what to have for breakfast, whether we’re going to exercise, and what attitude we’ll take on to meet the day.
We also decide what we are not going to do. If you decide to have a sugar-filled donut for breakfast in lieu of something healthier, you made that decision. If you decide that you are going to sit around watching TV instead of going outside and getting exercise, you made that decision. Those types of decisions have consequences and those types of decisions impact personal growth.
Our personal growth is also a choice we make.
Personal growth keeps us moving forward. Whether you are looking to grow in your relationships, at work, or as a leader you won’t be able to do that without making mindful decisions and acting on the behavior that enhances your growth and development.
Personal growth is a vital to your maturity, success and happiness. It is the foundation of emotional, physical, and intellectual health.
There are many things that go into making up personal growth and a few of them are:
- Your skills and talents
- Education and intellect
- Relationship development
- Having the right habits and kicking the bad ones
- Positive Mental Attitude
- Positive Self-image
Personal growth isn’t a stage of life, it is a lifelong process.
Personal Growth Helps You Transform
If you have any vision about what you want to accomplish, who you want to be, or how you view your future, you won’t meet that vision without growth.
The person you see in the mirror today will not be the person you’ll see when you look in the mirror five years from now.
It’s like the metaphor of the butterfly.
The butterfly that gracefully alights on your plants today didn’t start out that way. Butterflies go through a life cycle and what starts out as an egg eventually emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
It’s the same way with our personal growth.
We start out as one person but through a series of mini-transformations, we emerge as someone who is a mere shadow of the person we used to be – if we make it a goal to grow. Personal growth has a profound impact on every aspect and stage of our life.
When you make a concerted effort every morning to ask yourself, “How will I grow today”, your mind kicks into gear and starts thinking about what you need to accomplish to make that a reality. Maybe you want to be a better spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, or leader so when you ask yourself that question, you start thinking specifically what that means in all of those important areas in your life.
Our days are hectic. Life is busy. It's easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and just glide by on autopilot without much thought of the bigger issues at stake. When you do that, you’re not making a cognizant effort to change your behavior to make positive impacts on your life.
Equally important to your morning question is your at-the-end-of-the-day question, “How did I grow today?” It’s one thing to ask the question, think about it, and take no action. It’s another to act on it.
How will you grow today?
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]