“The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of the questions you ask yourself.” Tony Robbins
Questions are extremely important. As a coach I see daily how a powerful question can help someone become thoughtful and intrigued, then pause and reflect, then discover a different perspective, articulate thoughts or simply consider the question, trying to figure out how to answer it. Sometimes you can answer a question immediately, but often the questions that I’ve seen make the most difference are the ones that make people stop in their tracks, lean back in their chairs and go deep into their thoughts, into themselves. In our daily lives we often have habits, do the same things and follow set patterns. A powerful question enables us go on a different mental path, into a maze of reflection or new thoughts and ideas that can lead to something new and exciting.
That is why it is so important to ask powerful questions – and the best ones are open-ended questions: What, How, Where, When, Why, Who? By avoiding questions that you can simply answer with yes or no, you are allowing yourself to expand your awareness and gain new perspectives. When you are planning or going through a career transition, asking powerful questions is a must that can help you to confidently navigate the challenges that come with every career change. So what are some of the questions you should be asking yourself when you are planning a career change?
1. How can I honour my journey in the world?
2. How can I make a positive impact in the world?
3. How can I make sure I’m having fun in the process of the transition?
4. How can I make sure that I celebrate small achievements?
5. How can I stay grounded when things don’t go my way?
6. How do I want to be remembered?
7. How often will I dedicate time to focus on my career transition?
8. How will I celebrate my career transition?
9. What am I doing – even if I’m not paid for it – that gives me tremendous satisfaction?
10. What are my most important values?
11. What are the things that I really love about my current job?
12. What will be the biggest challenges in my career transition, and what steps will I take to overcome them?
13. What is the most dissatisfying thing about my current role?
14. What is the next action that I will take to move forward during my transition?
15. What will I tell myself when I feel fear and doubt?
16. What is the value of what I want to do?
17. When am I at my best at work?
18. When was the last time I changed jobs – what worked at the time that can sustain me now?
19. When will I know that I’ve made it?
20. When will I know when to regroup and change direction or take different actions?
21. Where – if there were no restrictions – would I like to be in my career in a few years’ time?
22. Who are the naysayers and how will I avoid them or ignore their comments?
23. Who are the people that are doing what I want to do, and how can I learn from them?
24. Who can be my goal achievement/accountability partner?
25. Who can give me honest feedback when I’m feeling stuck?
26. Who will I become by achieving this career transition?
27. Who will I invite to my new job celebration?
28. Why do I want to change my career or find a new job?
29. Why does this change matter so much to me?
30. Why am I pursuing this change now?
31. Why shouldn’t I give up on my dreams?
By answering these questions you will understand the deep-rooted reasons that you want to follow a certain path, embrace a certain job or pursue a certain venture. Knowing these reasons will either deter you and make you realize that this might not be an ideal path for you, which will then take you into further refection, or it will inspire you and drive you to follow through with your transition with even more commitment.
In either case, my suggestion is to continue to ask yourself these and even more questions. Embrace the habit of continually asking questions so that the answers help you gain awareness and start doing a job that is in true alignment with who you are.
Have you changed careers recently? Have you already asked yourself some of the questions above? What was the most relevant question for you?
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