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Career Corner: Asking right question gets the right answer

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Have you ever considered the power of questions? Getting from where you are to where you want to be begins with the use of questions. They help to open your mind to new possibilities. Questioning is important because it allows you to look at your life and identify the things you have neglected to pay attention to or chose to ignore. How much time do you spend alone, without any diversion or distraction, exclusively on asking yourself questions about your work and personal life?

For example, do you feel you are losing control of your time and your life? Are you struggling to get balance in your life? Have you become overwhelmed with the demands of your job? Have you resigned yourself from pursuing your dream? Have you become distracted and unable to regain your focus? Although these are questions with “yes” or “no” answers; any yes responses will prompt you to ask more questions, resulting in more in-depth answers. Asking the right questions helps you be clear about what you need to accomplish and what you need to change.

If you are feeling stuck in your work or personal life, the use of questions on a regular basis is a must. The process of using questions to help expand your choices or to make better decisions for your life will require effort and determination to implement, but you will discover that with each new question you will reap a positive benefit. Here are a few possible benefits you may experience:

MORE OPTIONS: Asking the right questions helps you to realize that you have more options available to you and that you have the ability to create the right opportunities rather than relying on others to do it for you. Answers to your questions might reveal that a change or a decision needs to be made. For example, you might return to school, take early retirement or develop new relationships.

LESS STRESS: Asking the right questions helps you to remain open and receptive to situations rather than being overwhelmed or stressed. Why? Because taking the time to ask yourself questions allows you to evaluate yourself and the situation in an objective manner. Also, this process will most likely result in the identification of alternative solutions for current or future situations.

FORWARD THINKING: Asking the right questions forces you to be honest with yourself and helps you to understand that you cannot live in the past. You will come to appreciate the value of reflection. As a result, you will take ownership of your decisions and accept responsibility for your life rather than blame others. You will define your focus and set your intention on fulfilling your career and personal goals through a plan of action.

LETTING GO: Asking the right questions might result in you detaching yourself from certain people, activities and things. You will discover the importance of letting go of the things in your life that are no longer working for you. In return, you will make new choices and decisions about how you want to invest your time, energy and resources and with whom.


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