As human beings we often get stuck in patterns of thinking because of our daily routines and habits. Some research suggests that typically we have 95% of the same thoughts again tomorrow as what we had today, which suggests that there is very little room for new thought or indeed change. In this article I’d like to highlight why we should be concerned about our thinking and most importantly will provide some thoughts as to what we can do about it.
Our thinking is absolutely paramount to our success, yet very few people realise the significance of our daily thoughts and how they are influencing our lives. The diagram below, I hope, will demonstrate to you why this is something we must give our attention to:
I personally think that this diagram is quite profound in that it shows us how our thoughts influence everything about what we feel and do and ultimately determines the results that we get in our lives and work. Quite simply – everything starts with a thought! So immediately I hope that you will recognise that being stuck in patterns of routine thinking will mean that we are most likely to keep getting the same results that we have always gotten. Of course you can say there may be nothing wrong with this, but if you are on a journey of wanting to be the best that you can be I’d like to humbly suggest that this simply isn’t good enough! So what can we do about it? The topic that I am most passionate about in the world is that of asking Better Questions in the knowledge that when I ask people Better Questions I am giving them the gift of some new thought. Maybe prior to reading this article you might not quite have seen the idea of new thought as a ‘gift’ but I hope that you can now see that it is indeed a gift given that new thoughts open up possibilities for change. Better Questions can unlock thinking and when our thinking changes, THINGS change. So my invitation to you as the reader, is to start to become more conscious of your own thinking and what you can do to create new thought. One option is to simply ask yourself some Better Questions particularly in relation to areas of our lives where we are stuck. Asking “How can I” rather than “Why” is a great first step, and challenging beliefs can also be powerful, e.g., “If I believed I could, what would I do?”
Please remember that bringing the gift of Better Questions to conversations with others as well as your own internal dialogue can be life-changing!