Peak performance expert Anthony Robbins knows the importance of asking high-quality questions. When you ask low-quality questions, your brain searches for an answer and can only come up with low-quality answers.
Here are some low quality questions:
“Why does this always happen to me?”
“Why am I so useless at….[writing my blog posts, completing my tax return, organising client work – complete as appropriate!]?”
The only kinds of answers your brain can come up with to questions like that are:
“Because you don’t deserve good things.”
“Because you’re hopeless and disorganised.”
“Because you’re an accountant and you have no imagination.”
It’s important to notice that low-quality questions often start with the words “Why?” or “How come?” As soon as you hear those words come out of your mouth, stop mid-sentence! Then, ask a better question.
How to ask better business questions
Better questions would be:
“What do I need to change in order to create the results I want?”
“What lateral thinking exercises would help me write better newsletters or blog posts?”
“What’s the best way to set time aside to complete my tax return?”
“What is the best use of my time, doing administration that I’m not very good at or building my business?”
You will probably get the opportunity to put this to the test sooner (rather than later), so if something doesn’t go to plan or you have hit a business brick wall use the opportunity to ask some better questions. For instance:
“How can I use this to my advantage?”
“What’s good about this?”
“What can I learn from this?”
Your answers will help you to grow your business quicker. What high-quality questions do you ask in your business?