Do you feel reluctant when you think about asking a question?

March 20, 2013

 

Take a moment to think about how many questions you wanted to ask today and didn’t. Were you too busy to ask or were you concerned with how your question would be perceived? What you may not have given much thought to before now is what not asking those questions is costing you. There may be actual financial costs, or there may be costs to a relationship you have in your business. Or maybe a decision you’re about to make is lacking clarity, and perhaps clarity could be greater if you had been willing to ask a few more questions. We often think there just isn’t enough time to ask more questions, we may feel we just have to get on with it. I can promise you, 2 minutes of clarity as a result of asking questions, can save months of recovery from a bad decision and maybe ever thousands of dollars. I’ve seen both of these outcomes.

We’re all here together to support each other. Asking a question of someone could give you that one additional insight you didn’t even know you needed until it landed in your lap. I’ve had that experience and felt the gratitude of having that one extra piece of information.

Maybe you want to ask a question of someone who through the questioning process become a great partner in a project. All kinds of great ideas can come about by just being willing to be open to the possibilities.

Questions create openness and possibility. When there are no questions asked, the subject is closed. Closed can be dark, openness creates light. It’s though the light we get clarity. Remember the song, “I can see clearly now.”

Take the time, make the connection, Ask the question.

 

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