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Ask the Right Questions to Get the Right Answers

As a life design and business coach, I understand the importance of asking the right questions.  Coaching is all about asking questions.  The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, was a master at asking great questions and engaging his students.  So much so that many universities today use the “Socratic Method” in their teaching.  Asking difficult questions, pushing harder, encouraging fundamental insights to the issues at hand is at the heart of the method.  It’s about moving people along in a direction they want to go, with a goal of moving toward greater understanding and increased performance.

Of course, no one moves anywhere unless they move themselves.  The Socratic Method is a way to help people see when and where they need to move.  It leads people to explore and challenge their thinking, and discover answers for themselves.

Jesus was the ultimate Coach, long before Socrates, and used questions on many occasions to lead people to explore and challenge their thinking and discover answers for themselves.  His goal was to move men and women toward greater understanding and increased performance.

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus asks “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Of course, the obvious answer is NO.  Yet my answer and my behavior would expose a contradiction.  So to end with a question:  Will this discovery move me to greater understanding and increased performance?