The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions.
It is said that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your question.
But if the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thinking then what determines the quality of your thinking?
From what I’ve seen in my own life, with all its ups and many downs, the quality of your thinking is determined by the quality of the questions you ask yourself and others:-
- Questions lead to answers
- Answers lead to thoughts and behaviours
- Behaviours lead to actions
- Actions lead to results
When you look at the pyramid above it’s quite clear what input needs to be changed to get a certain result. If you can improve the quality of the inputs (questions) then you can expect to get better outputs (results).
But so often in life, we fail to get the desired result because our input process is flawed. Our questions are asked from a position of weakness or inferiority. In some instances, the questions are shaped not by what may be possible for you but from what you have seen others do.
We Shape Our Questions From What We See Modelled
Sometimes we limit our thinking and the quality of our questions because we are using what we have seen around us as the ceiling for what we ourselves are capable of.
If you’ve never seen a person in your family or those closest to you make a million dollars before the question you may be asking yourself is not “how can I make a million dollars?” but rather “is it even possible to make a million dollars?”. The two may not seem all that distinct but they are hugely significant.
The first asks “how” can it be done — you’ve already made the assumption that you are capable of doing it and it is just a matter of how.
The second question though subtle, asks whether it is even“possible” to make a million dollars. This is a fundamental change in mindset.