Today expert guests Mark and Crystal Hansen return for part two of our conversation about the power of asking questions.
In our last episode, we talked about what kinds of questions to ask yourself, and how finding the right ones can lead to incredible answers. I recommend going back back to check out part one if you haven’t yet.
But with so many people uncomfortable asking questions, how do we overcome the self-consciousness that keeps us from doing so?
There are seven roadblocks to asking, and nearly everyone encounters at least one of them regularly:
- Pattern paralysis
Each one of these roadblocks is worth exploring, and in “Ask,” there are stories of people overcoming all of them. This is a powerful tool for learning because, when we hear someone else’s story, we recognize the patterns in someone’s life and are able to apply the information more deeply to our own lives.
And while this may sound more spiritual than anything, there is plenty of empirical science to back it up as well. In studies conducted about asking, people who ask often think they will be perceived as pushy, obnoxious, or uninformed. But the truth of the matter was that by asking the question you are 80% more likely to get your request granted. There have also been several studies on the beauty of curiosity. Sitting with people and asking questions opens up so many opportunities in business and your personal life, and people who ask good questions on a first date are far more likely to go on a second date.
Mark and Crystal have a bold ask for you as well: Buy their book “Ask” and discover the power of questions, and how you can use them to elevate your potential.
The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway
Crystal: “Remember that your life is created from the inside out. So go inside, spend time with yourself, ask yourself the questions that you need to ask, and create the architecture for your own life.”
Mark: “Once you get on this asking journey, ask yourself how you’re going to be 100% successful to take care of yourself, then your spouse, then your family, then your city, then your state, then your country, then the world. We need people to become visionary leaders, and the only way to do that is to be a good self leader by asking the right question. Only then can you lead others.”
The Daily Helping is produced by Crate Media