The Art of Self-Questioning
Questioning has always been a powerful tool for humans to delve deep into our personality and gain insight and understanding of human behavior and growth. Socrates, the great philosopher used the power of questioning to great effect and demonstrated how effective questioning could yield the desirable results aligned well with our defined objectives. “Socratic Questioning” is still used as a powerful technique for building critical thinking.
Life is a continuous pursuance of our dreams and desires with no in-built checks or auto-correction in place. To keep progressing in life, it’s essential that we regularly stop, step back, reflect, correct and then again move forward with better clarity and renewed energy. There can’t be any better way for doing this than “Self-Questioning”. When we perfect the art of “self-questioning”, our questions become the answers to whatever holds us back. Let’s dive a little into what makes the process of “self-questioning” more effective and useful
Why is Self-Questioning important?
Growth, Progression and Achievement are 3 cornerstone of a successful life. Questioning helps identify the strengths and barriers and the act of questioning to self creates alignment with our Purpose, Goals and Actions. From thereon, the self-questioning process helps us reflect, review, make necessary correction and restart.
Self-Questioning is the most important form of self-talk that we do. It establishes a connect with our inner self to bring out the powers and resources lying latent in us.
When Question itself becomes the Answer, then it becomes crucial to develop a robust framework that generates the appropriate questions that we should be asking yourself. When indulging in self-questioning, we should frame questions starting with the following:
- Where do I stand now? (Status quo)
- What do I want to achieve in life? (Purpose and Goals)
- Why do I want to achieve the above Purpose and Goals? (Rationale)
- How do I plan to achieve your goals? (Strategy)
- (By) When do I want to achieve them? (Deadline)
To sum it up, a robust framework of self-questioning is built by seamlessly integrating self-coaching principles in the entire process!