Two Life-Changing Questions
Ask yourself these questions when you want to achieve something
When you run into a problem you can’t solve, you’re likely framing it the wrong way.
People who frame their problems in statements, rather than questions, have a harder time finding solutions. Here’s an example.
“I don’t have enough money.”
That statement will only put you in a negative state of mind. What about turning that statement into a question? Let’s try that.
“Why don’t I have enough money?”
Might sound like a challenge you can solve at first. But asking why isn’t productive because it usually forces you to think about the past. Asking why doesn’t give you insights on potential solutions.
You need a complete different way of thinking. You need to think about deeper, unasked, questions.
This is where putting your thoughts into paper (or your digital notepad) comes in. Too many people don’t give themselves enough thinking time.
That often leads to decisions that bring years of regret.
- Pursuing a career you don’t enjoy
- Staying too long in a toxic relationship
- Moving to (or staying in) places that don’t improve your personal growth
- Never reaching your health and weight goals
These decisions often don’t come as major turning points in life. Instead, they’re small decisions you make everyday that compound over years.
That’s why I’ve been consistently journaling for almost every single day since 2015. Within that time frame, my career also kept improving. It’s of course not the only reason, but I attribute a large part to journaling.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to write your thoughts. Taking the time — even just half an hour a day — to “think on paper” is a small commitment with major rewards.
By asking yourself the right questions, you can deeply examine your own thinking to see whether you’re uncertain, too certain, lack clarity and focus.