Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Asking the Difficult Questions

We have all been there in both our personal and professional lives. That moment in time when we know something needs to change, but feel as though we are unable to change it. That moment in time when we can feel something is going to break, but do not exactly know how to go about fixing it. In those moments get a second opinion and a new perspective. However, to get to the root cause of the issue you will need to be open to the possibility of critical feedback, which may not be an easy pill to swallow.
Many times in the situation described above, we have the tendency to throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks. This is such a waste of cognitive and physical effort, with little to show for it. Instead, we should be asking the difficult questions: what, how, where, who, and WHY. We have a tendency to not ask these questions, because we fear the answer. We fear that we may not like the answer, that the answer my challenge us to change. And may be, just may be, we are not ready for that sort of a change.
I have always loved the saying "if it does not challenge you, it wont change you." I have personally and professionally seen the biggest growth when I was in a challenging, uncomfortable, and difficult situation. Now, I prefer not to "live in the grey," but sometimes it is what it is, and you are there for a reason. So when you find yourself in a situation and you do not know the answer. Never be afraid to just ask the difficult question.

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