Asking empowering questions is key

Asking empowering questions is key

I first heard and took notice of understanding the concept of asking yourself empowering questions when I read The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires And the Middle Class By Keith Cameron Smith. The book highlighted 10 reasons why there is a clear difference between both groups and they apply to everyone depending on the stage they are in their professions and life in general. The truth is that we all fall into one of these two groups. I dare to ask you. To which of these groups do you belong?

Of the ten 10 distinctions, distinction number 1 is my favorite – Millionaires ask themselves empowering questions. The middle class asks themselves disempowering questions. The fact that the opposite of the word ’empowering’ is placed in the same sentence ‘disempowering’ drives home the point for me. Keith Cameron Smith describes how just asking yourself a question can set you off to begin to use your strengths to the fullest. I see this as a key to unlocking your potentials. Permit me to call it a trick, but the trick can catapult you to the next level in your quest for significance, whatever that means to you.

Here are some examples….

Empowering Disempowering
  • How can I double my income this year?
  • How can I get enough money to pay the bills this month?
  • How can I make $1,000,000 a year doing what I love?
  • How can I get my boss to give me a raise?
  • How can I develop a deeper relationship with my spouse?
  • Why is it so hard to get along with my spouse?
  • What can I do to show my kids I love them today?
  • Why don’t my kids appreciate me?

As black professionals, what type of questions are we asking ourselves? I believe circumstances have a role to play when things don’t turn out according to our plans, but I think asking ourselves empowering questions can set our minds on the extra gear we need to overcome most situations. Have you ever wondered what kind of questions the founders of Uber ask themselves? What about the founders of Google? Is there a remote possibility of us (Black professionals) to start thinking this way? My answer to the latter question is YES. ABSOLUTELY! If the answer is a resounding yes, how can we as a group begin to encourage this type of questions amongst ourselves?!

Here are a few suggestions

Create a vision and mission statement for yourself. Based on the experience of successful people, we know writing down vision, mission, goals or objectives gives you a greater chance of achieving them. Writing them down forces you to be clear about what you want and the words on paper become empowering!

Use your vision of yourself in the future to create a plan you start on the journey! Change your friends if need be, join networking groups that are on the frontier of empowering thinking and challenge yourself to stick with it. The results of this type of change will be empowering!

Become an evangelist of your path as you journey. Doing this will get you talking about your vision and put you in a strong position to not only keep empowering yourself but others around you.

Keep asking yourself empowering questions!

Ablaze
Connecting Inspired People!

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