In research, asking the right question is important because everything else hinges upon it. Often when a researcher is having difficulty with designing the research, it is either because the methodology is inappropriate for answering the question, or the question itself is inappropriate.
Researchers have long known that asking questions which only allow a yes or no answer are inhibiting. There is far more value in asking open-ended questions, which allow the respondent to expand, explain or add value to the questioning process.
The same can be said for the individual when asking questions on a personal level.
When we ask questions, we are provided with answers at the level of our consciousness in the language that we can understand.
The kind of questions we ask will lead us in a certain direction. If we limit the scope of our questions, then we will often be limited in the kind of answers we seek or find. This is the importance of asking empowering questions.
Empowering questions initiate big thinking that can yield big answers and enlarge your perspective. Small questions go on a scrutinizing fault-finding expedition like, "Why me? Why is this happening to me again?"
“You want your mind to become an avenue of awareness of that which is true, that which is eternal. So you have to ask a question that leads you there, rather than leads you down the path of just more human experience and the human condition.”
According to Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you.” You can help whatever is trying to find its way into your life by opening up an avenue for entry through empowering questions:
Here are a few questions to get you started:
- What does life want from you that you are ignoring?
- What has been your biggest failure that led to a great success?
- Why are you still holding onto something that you need let go of?
- What are you most grateful for?
- Why aren’t you living the life you encourage others to try?
- How do you know whether it’s time to continue holding on or time to let go?
- What has been your significant contribution?
- Is there anyone in your life who inspires you to be a better person?
- Does your life inspire others?
- Other than money, what else have you gained form your current job?
- What do you stand for?
- What does winning mean to you?
- For whom are we responsible?
- At what moment in your life did you recognize the presence of grace?
- Which current situation in your life is there to remind you of an unresolved childhood issue that is ready for release?
- Do you have a connection to something bigger than yourself?
- Where do you feel most comfortable? Why?
- Where do you feel most uncomfortable? Why?
- What quality is trying to emerge in your life that you continue to suppress?
- Do you take full responsibility for every choice in your life?
- What is your unacted upon great idea?
- Which prominent lesson is the mirror of your life reflecting back to you?
- What impossible thing are you willing to whole-heartedly believe in?
- What do you believe is the big vision for your life?
And lastly, the most important question of all…
25. If you could have one super hero power, what would it be?
Remember to feel good, have fun and enjoy the journey.
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