4 Questions That Produce Your Best Returns
Nothing stands still. Things get better or worse. Let’s make this more personal. We are either getting better or worse. It’s a universal principle – starting with the Universe itself –that which doesn’t expand, contracts. We are either going forward or backward.
Stephen Covey referred to this kind of thinking as sharpening the saw. Just coasting along creates backward momentum. And we end up using more effort to accomplish less.
How can you develop a life that will give you a great ROI (return on investment)? What are you doing to invest in yourself?
Here are 4 questions that position you for great returns. Good questions lead to information. Great questions lead to transformation.
1. Who are you and what do you want?
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” - William Shedd
5 Ways To Counteract The Spell
Of all the lessons there are to learn in life, one stands out for me. What is that lesson? It’s learning to be myself.
“Be yourself: everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde
I’ve discovered that learning the lesson doesn’t happen in a day, but it does happen daily.
What being yourself doesn’t mean:
- It’s not an excuse for bad behavior
- It doesn’t mean you can’t learn from others
- It never implies there’s no room for growth
What being yourself does mean:
- It’s okay to be different from someone else
- It involves accepting your talents and skills
- It’s growing to appreciate your personality, likes, and dislikes
What’s the curse? It’s that nagging – sometimes relentless – feeling that everyone else has it figured out, and you are the only one that can’t get your act together – that you are somehow being left behind.
5 Actions for Creating Openness
What is it that you know about yourself that others don’t know about you? All of us have things in our lives that we are hiding. And of course, they vary in degree. The kinds of things hidden range from hardships, to personal challenges, to actions and attitudes that we keep submerged. We keep a tight control over the transparency gauge. It can be anything we are holding back — telling a relative or friend that we love them, confiding in someone about a medical challenge we are facing, sharing about a financial crisis, etc.
The things we are prone to keep to ourselves are, in reality, just hard conversations. And even though the hidden areas are as diverse as the people who have them, the experience of hiding is universal. They function in similar and predictable ways. They are scary and uncomfortable, and our growth depends on dealing with them.
Growth is a process of moving out of the shadows and into the light. How do you do this?