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Monday
Mar192018

Fantastic Questions to Easily Find Your Next Step Answers

The quality of our answers, depend on the questions we ask. When we’re stuck or overwhelmed it’s challenging to even come up with good questions. When this happens, it’s great to have a list to help. You may have your own tried and true questions to get you to next. And if so, I’d love to hear some of those. However, if you’d like to add some new questions to your list, or start a list, I’ve got some breakthrough ones for you.

One of my favorite thinkers and writers is Todd Henry, founder of Accidental Creative, and author of several books including his most recent one, Herding Tigers – Be The Leader Than Creative People Need. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Todd about next steps for the Ask the Expert series. You can revisit that interview here.

I’m always interested in what Todd is thinking about. Recently, I came across a great list of questions he shared for when you’re stuck. So if you’re not sure how to find next, consider some of the questions that Todd suggests. Below are some of my favorites:

 

Todd Henry’s "Questions to ask when you’re stuck:"

  • What am I afraid of?
  • Who could solve this problem with ease, and how?
  • How would my favorite super hero do it?
  • Could I ask the question differently?
  • What question do I need to answer first?
  • What’s the primary block and why?
  • Is there a resource I’m lacking?
  • Who can I call for help?

 

Of course I don’t know what you’re grappling with. However, if you’re having challenges with getting organized and where to start, please consider reaching out to a family, friend, or professional organizer like me. I could be just the resource you need to move forward. I love helping people work through their organizational challenges!

Are you trying to figure out next? What are your favorite questions to ask? I’d love to know more. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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I always find fear is the main reason I personally get stuck. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of getting what I think I want but maybe it's not what I really need. It becomes a big block to work through. Thanks for the other ideas to help get past that block.

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndi Willis

This is a great list of questions, Linda. Like Andi, I find fear the biggest thing that stops me in my tracks. The question I ask myself is: What is the worst thing that could happen if I ...(fill in the blank). I find that answering that helps move me forward. The question I like best from Todd Henry's list is "Who could solve this problem with ease and how?"

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I love asking questions. It helps me and clients formulate action steps. It's easy to say 'I'm stuck." But, it's hard to get the solutions to get unstuck. I took a course years ago where the instructor said, when you are stuck on finding a solution, say this phrase, "I am open to the possibility of ..." Fill in the rest of the sentence for your particular situation. I do this often when I feel like there's no clear direction for a solution and it works every time.

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

These are wonderful questions! I find myself asking, "How could I break this down into a step that I am not afraid or worried about taking?" If I'm reluctant to act, that step might still be too big. I'm afraid I don't have a favorite super hero, but maybe I should get one! Elastigirl?

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Andi- I’m sure you are in good company. I bet if we did a poll, “fear” would be right at the top of the list for things that keeps us stuck. It sounds like even with that challenge, you manage to work it through. Happy to know that some of Todd’s questions will be helpful resources for the future.

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Diane- Ahhh. I see that you and Andi share the same “feeling stuck” driver. I love your question! There’s power in verbalizing our worst fear. And often when we identify it, rather than continuing to ruminate, we realize that the “worst thing” isn’t so bad...and that acknowledgment of it is enough to get us unstuck.

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- That sounds like a great course that you took. What was it about? How wonderful that one of the learnings you received has helped you over and over. I love the reframing of a challenge to a positive and possibility oriented solution. Wonderful!

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana aka Elasrigirl- You make such an excellent point. We should never underestimate the power of small steps. Their simplicity and doability is often just the solution for moving forward. Like you, I’m not that much of a super hero follower, although I loved the question. But I’d I had to pick one, it would be Wonder Woman.

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

The first and last questions resonate with me. I've usually thought about #1 before I figure out #8. And, then once I've made the call, I've gained a whole new perspective. It's invaluable.

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

I love these questions and how they can help us to look at a problem differently. It’s a great way to get to know our true desires. I have trouble with the asking for help question. I tend to help others but when it comes to myself well....

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Deb- Nice pairing! I love how you work those two (#1 & #8) together. You identify the fear and then enlist the appropriate help. Fabulous!

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Kim- I completely identify with you about being more comfortable with helping others than asking for help. I LOVE helping others. In last few years, on both the personal and professional fronts, I've gotten much better about reaching out for help. And you know what? It's been a wonderful growing experience for me.

March 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

When people ask me what I do, I tell them "I get my clients un-stuck.' I have to laugh when I get 'stuck' or overwhelmed because although I help others get past those feelings, I often can't un-stick myself! I turn to my husband to help me get un-stuck and feel less overwhelmed. Sometimes I ask Google for help, too!

March 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

@Stacey- You make such an important point which is that even the helpers among us need help too. It’s great that you have your tried, true and trusted “unstucking” resources in your husband and Google.

March 20, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great questions to ask here! I think having a set of questions helps you get unstuck too!
My own question is who can I get on my team? I like having a team to work with and think about their strengths and my strengths!

March 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- I LOVE your question! In the last several years, I've understood more and more the value of building the right team. And you're right that it's all about strengths. We each have different ones, so having a beautiful blend can help us through those stuck or challenging times.

March 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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