(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


When a question arises you have a choice.

You can work at coming up with an answer. This is a good choice for most questions. Work at it, answer the question and move on.

Or, if you find the question more intractable, working on it may not be the most productive approach. Instead, let the question work on you. Ask it — define it and put language to it which describes the question clearly — then release needing to know the answer for now. Don’t even ponder it.

The big questions in your life won’t let go of you.

Left unanswered in the moment, a question can foster additional, perhaps even better questions. By letting a question be, you will find resources and answers appearing from many, and surprising, directions. For instance, a question has the power to pierce an assumption.

A question is a powerful thing, a wonderful thing, not just something to be answered. Encourage your questions.


Coaching Point: What is a question you have which won’t let go of you?


Copyright 2012 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.