Kids can be realllllly annoying at times.
Case in point: The “Why” game.
Aren’t familiar? I bet you are. Let me refresh you.
It goes something like this:
Kid: Why is it so cold outside today?
You: Because the temperature is below freezing.
You: Because there was a cold front that pushed cold air and snow over our area.
You: Because of global currents.
You: Because meteorology.
You: I hate you.
Whether they really are wrapped up in fascination with the world — or they’re just trying to bug you — kids ask dumb questions sometimes.
And guess what?
So do you.
The good news is that if you learn how to ask better questions, you’ll get better answers a lot more quickly and avoid much of the heartache and frustration that comes with trying and failing over and over again.
You’ll never be able to read minds. Stop trying.
I remember the tough middle school and early high school years.
(I know this sounds dumb to some of the older Tribe members — but my 10 year high school reunion is coming up and I’m freaking out about it.)
One of the most difficult things that young people deal with at that age is social interaction — especially when it comes to attracting the opposite sex.
I just didn’t know how to get girls to like me.
I read hundreds of articles online and in magazines…
I tried ordering info products to teach me…
(I had to run to the mailbox before my mom found out I was buying DVDs about “Sexual Communication” — scary, looking back!!)
I saw other guys having success — but nothing really worked for me.
So I’d beat myself up a lot.
I’d ask myself questions like:
“Why doesn’t she see how awesome/funny/etc I am?”
“Why does she like HIM and not me?”
“How can I get better at sports/stronger/ better looking to make her notice me?”
Invariably, as you may have guessed, none of these questions led to any life-changing revelations.
They just made me even more depressed. I had to learn how to ask myself better questions before I could start getting the answers (and results) that I wanted.
How to ask yourself better questions
Being truly, 100% honest with yourself is VERY hard because we have a psychological tendency to deflect blame project it onto others. This often becomes strikingly clear when we get rejected.
Think about all the times when you haven’t gotten the result you were looking for. Now, pay careful attention to the questions you ask yourself — and the answers you give yourself in return.
You ask yourself:
“Why aren’t I progressing faster?”
Your brain answers:
“Because I don’t have [insert resource, ability, knowledge, etc].”
You ask yourself:
“Why don’t people like me?”
Your brain answers:
“Because I’m not [smart enough/sexy enough/interesting enough].”
Notice how the way you ask yourself questions affects how you answer them?
What if you were to change the questions ever so slightly — and reframe the same challenges in a new, more positive light?
For instance, rather than asking why you weren’t progressing as fast as you’d like, you simply asked yourself:
“HOW can I make faster progress than I am now?”
Woah. That changes everything. Now, instead of a list of negative responses — you get positive ones with actionable takeaways.
“Well…I could make some more phone calls.”
“I need to spend more time studying.”
“I need to wake up an hour earlier.”
THESE are the types of answers that actually create positive change — but you have to be asking the right questions first…and that might require overcoming some limiting beliefs.
Leave me a comment below and give me an example of a limiting belief that you have — and tell me how you’re going to ask yourself a better question to overcome it.
For instance, if you’ve always thought to yourself. “I’ll never make $100,000/year” you might rephrase that as, “What type of value can I provide for other people that will make me $100,000/year easily?”
Can’t wait to hear your answers — I’ll jump in and help if you’re having trouble thinking of a good question to ask yourself.