Did you know that our mind hates uncertainty? This is one of the reasons why, it ‘drives us nuts’ not to answer a question. And, this phenomenon has everything to do with the results (or lack of) you are currently getting in your life, career, and business. You see, since we will answer the questions, and in fact, any questions we ask ourselves, it is critical to carefully hand-pick our questions, so that we get the best answers.
Absolutely everything starts in the mind as our thoughts kick-start a powerful process ensuing results. It goes like this: from a thought to a decision, from a decision to an action, from an action to a result. It is up to us to take control of our mind to get the results that we want, and I want to share with you 12 questions you can ask yourself today that will lead you to clarity.
Clarity is powerful as it enables you to lead powerfully: from strategising to designing, planning, deciding, focusing and acting, so that you can make it happen.
Each of these questions will guide your thinking, and their answers will help you move forward.
Our wealth is unique to us: your wealth is different than mine, and yours is different than your partner, colleague, friend’s one. It is important to identify what your wealth is, as I believe that our wealth is comprised of many components – being, doing and having, which when fulfilled, will bring you ultimate satisfaction. This is your true wealth. Defining your own wealth is the first step in making it happen. Start your answers with, “I am wealthy when I am…, I do…, I have…”.
Question => Who do I want to be?
Question => What do I want to do?
Question => What do I want to have?
This series of 5 questions is amazing to assess your current activities, and help you focus onto the next steps of implementation. I recommend answering these on a regular basis; you can try a few frequencies and see which one works best for you; I personally do it every 3 months (and, if you are one of our M3 Power Community Members, you’ve gotten the template, and you know we do this every 3 months!).
Question => What should I start doing?
Question => What should I stop doing?
Question => What should I continue doing?
Question => What should I do more of?
Question => What should I do less of?
Before jumping in into an activity and executing it, it is important to actually double check this activity is aligned with your overall BIG picture. You’d be amazed at the amount of activities that you might be doing, that are misaligned with your goals, and are taking you away from your path. Ask yourself the following question, and if the answer is not a direct and congruent yes, don’t do it.
Question => Does (insert your activity) bring me closer to one of my goals?
These 3 questions will help you frame your projects, so that you get the most out of them. And, it starts, right from the onset! The first 2 questions will help you focus on an outcome and needs – too often, people start something without having a clear idea of what it is they want to achieve and what will they need to make it happen. The 3rd question will help you visualise the accomplished project; I highly recommend spending time on this one: what you see, what you hear, what you feel, this will support you along the way.
Question => What do I want to achieve?
Question => What do I need to make it happen (think of actions, resources, support)?
Question => How do I know when I will have achieved it?
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Since publishing this article, I’ve helped many leaders in guiding their team to go through these clarity questions together as a group. And, I thought I’d add on here some best practices and advice to apply this in a team environment:
- frame the questions, so that you all have the same BIG career/business outcome,
- you, as the leader, write each of the questions on a board (flipchart, whiteboard, blackboard…) from left to right,
- distribute a pack of sticky notes to each of your group members,
- start by answering each of the questions individually and silently (this is called a silent brainstorming); it ensures that the shiest people in your group, still feel at ease to answer the questions; one answer per sticky note,
- encourage your group members to stand and together, approach the board and paste their various answers underneath each of the questions,
- at this stage, you’ll probably start seeing some of the same answers, and if so, slightly reposition the sticky notes to overlap when similar; this will start creating clusters,
- ask each of your group members to read all of the answers and it is quite common to get more ideas, so do add these onto the board,
- read all of the answers out loud, get the group conversation going, and ultimately, make the necessary decisions to move forward!
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Achieving what you want in life, career and business starts with knowing the answers to these powerful questions. And, when answering, be free: no limits, no filters, no judgements.
The way we think directly affects our results. So, ask yourself these questions to maximise your results.
How have these questions help you? What other questions have you found useful for clarity?
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Until next time!
To your Mountain Moving Mindset!
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