I was at a coaching summit some time ago and one of the presenters mentioned the power of questions. While that wasn’t the subject of the presentation, something in me hooked into the questions we ask ourselves and others, and how those questions can uncover some important but hidden insights about who we are. If you think a question is not important, consider the first question asked in Scripture: “Adam, where are you?” The answer to this question was to identify a powerful disclosure not about location but condition. Here are some insights I have discovered about questions:
The right question asked at the right time can alter the direction of your life.
The right question at the right time can open insight into opportunities, mindsets (productive or otherwise) and give direction for an individual or organization’s lifecycle.
The right question at the wrong time can provoke anger, confusion or frustration because for whatever reason, the person may not be ready to address that question. This response can happen even though you asked exactly the question that needs to be addressed.
Anger, confusion or frustration because of a question asked could indicate a fear of dealing with a subject or topic.
The wrong question at the right time could close a door to discovery because the wrong question directs away from possible solution(s).
Are you asking yourself any questions right now? Often the questions in our heart provoke a search that when pursued, will lead to the solution to an issue or problem we are facing. Don’t avoid the questions, no matter how hard they may be. And don’t avoid the people in your life who ask the hard questions.
As we do mid-year goal evaluations, consider what situations in your business or your heart provoke questions. Don’t just move past the questions but pause and listen. What happens in your heart when you contemplate these questions? Do you get irritated? Do you feel defensive? Fearful? Is there a hard thing you know you should be doing (or not doing) that will solve a persistent problem? Do you know the answer to the hard questions already? What will be your response to what you know?
Questions are an important part of learning about yourself and the work you are doing. Don’t let fear of not having the answers stop you from discovering what’s next for your life.