(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
This Distinction may seem backwards; the answer may seem more important than the question. But maybe not.
When confronted by a situation — an issue, a problem, a barrier — it’s pretty normal to immediately jump and start trying to solve it. This is, then, nearly always a mental process. You analyze the issue, search your database (memory) for what you’ve done in the past, perhaps look for answers from others, and, ta da!, solve the problem.
By staying in the search for the answer, a largely mental process, you tend to miss accessing a terrific resource.
By staying in the question, you open up to input from outside your mind — inspiration, intuition, creativity, ah-ha’s, and BGO’s (Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious). This is not a thinking process.
Instead of immediately looking for an answer, stay in the question for a bit. Then, when inspiration hits, use your wonderful mind to work out the details and timing. You may find you come up with much better answers.
Coaching Point: Any questions?
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