“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit …
… If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go.” Clayton Christensen
This quote suggests that an answer to a current life question you are asking is a puzzle piece that you, yourself, hold.
There are five big questions about life to explore: · Where did I come from? — my origin · Who am I? — my identity · Why am I here? — my purpose · How should I live? — my values · Where am I going? — my destiny
Yet, within each of these questions, there are often more questions that baffle our understanding of what we want to do, be and have.
As a life coach, I start a session by asking clients to tell me what is currently happening in their life, what they want to happen instead, and how they will know a positive change has occurred. Progressing from what we don’t want to what we do want requires asking new questions that invite better answers.
Ask questions that you know will have answers which will make a worthwhile difference to you or to others. A curious 3-year-old asks, ‘Where does rain come from?’ A disgruntled adult asks, ‘Why won’t it stop raining?’ The child wants to discover new things about their world.
The adult wants to have control of their world.
Clayton Christiansen (opening quote) is best known for his disruptive innovation theory.
Learning to disrupt our thought patterns and ask better questions allows us to live life with better answers.