Looking For Strength
The power of questions was first brought to my attention many years ago when I read “Awaken The Giant Within,” by Tony Robbins. He teaches that if you’re not satisfied with the answers you get in life try asking different questions. Makes sense sure, but what is a powerful question, and what questions should I ask myself more specifically if I’m looking to discover my strengths?
Before you ask yourself these questions clear your mind of any prejudice. Today begins the first phase of your personal audit. I’ve dug deep into hours of podcasts and articles for this one and here are my top 5:
1. I feel the best about myself when I ___________.
This is a questions based on knowing your skills. What are you great at? What comes easy to you? What do you know people can rely on you to deliver.
2. What is the greatest adversity you have faced?
Darren Hardy said “Your adversity is your advantage. Your past has built muscles not wounds.” Everyone has a story to tell. What Goliath have you faced or are currently facing in your life.
3. During those times of great adversity, what got you through it?
Not gonna lie, this one made me tear up a bit. No macho status here. Maybe you have great friends and family, unshakable faith, courage, strong will power. Dig deep. Something pulled you through. If you are in the midst of the struggle, what do you cling to? What do you know for sure?
4. When do you feel most creative?
This one comes from Seth Godin, a Best-Selling author of 18 books. He is what I call the Godfather of Modern Marketing. He says today everyone can be an artist. You don’t have to wait for a publisher or producer to take notice of you in order to get your shot. The internet has leveled the playing field and people are writing the rules. In what field of interest do you feel the creative juices flowing?
5. What do strangers say about you?
Usually your family and friends look at you through a rose colored lens. Gary Vaynerchuk advises turning to social media to cast the widest net. He turns to his audience and asks questions like: What have you found helpful? What has my best work been? If you don’t have a social media following ask co-workers, managers, or people you serve with in a church calling.
These are my top 5 questions my friends. I hope they get the gears turning.
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