If you have ever tortured yourself over a set-back or failure, or ever wondered if successful people do something different, then have I got news for you?
"Set-backs and failures are part of life, and if you are an entrepreneur or leader, how you handle set-backs and failures will determine your long-term success."
With 20-years experience as an Executive Coach, I have learned the power of questions, and in this post I will share with you some self-coaching questions you ask yourself.
Quality Controlling your Questions will determine the quantity of your Control. I have been guilty, in the past, of the self-indulgence of asking,
When the world appeared to conspire against me. Or the self-recriminating question of.
“What did I do wrong?”
When things did not go as planned. Perhaps you have caught yourself asking the same questions, but did you know there are better questions?
Questions that move you toward a solution rather than letting you sink into a pit of despair. "What are these questions?" I hear you ask.
This question is designed to put everything in perspective and dial down our reactivity. The emphasis is what is real? Rather than what we imagine.
Asking, “What is really happening here?", puts us in detective mode, with a string of sub-questions such as; "Who did what specifically?", "Where specifically?","When specifically?" And, "With what intention?"
These indexing questions ensure that we overcome our initial bias or reaction to a situation, and they buy us a moment before we respond, saving us the embarrassment of making things worse.
When you ask this question, you tap into your resources, rather than being a helpless victim. The question assumes that you have the capacity to respond to the situation you are facing, and your brain starts looking for options.
"What is this asking of me?"
Is an amazing self-reflection that everyone, especially a leader should ask. In my coaching practice, I notice that the leaders who ask this question are the most resilient and creative in finding solutions.
With question one, we got clarity, with question two we got resources and with question 3 we get action.
In chess, you can lose a key piece, such as your Queen, but still win the game. But to do so you need to make a move.This question is designed for you to choose your next move, to choose to take action, because Self-leadership is about your intention to influence your actions towards your objectives.
The question you should never ask. That question is:
“Why is this so hard?”
When we ask this question our brain dutifully provides a long list of reasons, why this situation is so hard, and we become demotivated and give up.
Years ago, I stopped asking this when I faced a challenge and I recommend you do too. Why? Because whether something is hard or not is irrelevant, what relevant is whether your goals or purpose is big enough to do what’s required.
So, What’s Really Happening Here?
I'm challenging you to take control because,
“Quality Control of your Questions will determine the quantity of your Control.”
And What is this asking of you? Control your questions.
And what is your next move? Well that’s entirely up to you, however, I think you should share this video with 5 friends and ask them to support you in asking good questions of yourself, So, what are you waiting for?
"You can’t lead others – unless you first lead yourself."
15 Minute Masterclass for Senior Executives & Managers
Presenter: Andrew Bryant, Global Authority on Self-Leadership & Executive Presence.