Your Question Is the Answer, by Karen Little


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The answers to all of our problems begin with good questions. Instead of saying "I want this thing to happen," change the statement to a question, such as "How can I achieve this thing."


The main question outlines your problem. While you might have multiple problems, separate them, then examine each one as being unique. Every unique issue defines a "data set," which is a collection of information you use to shape your knowledge leading to a solution.


Using deductive reasoning, one question usually leads to another. Make sure, however, that for each distinct problem, your questions stay focused, rather than branching into other areas.


All questions need to take the form of "what if," as in "what if I do this to achieve solving my issue?" Your answers are based on three words, which are "No," "Maybe," and "Yes."


If (the question statement), then the answer is No, Maybe, or Yes: For every question you ask, ask yourself whether the answer moves you forward to a solution:

  • If the answer is "no," (also known as "false"), you cannot proceed with that solution. Do not keep trying.

  • If the answer is "maybe," (also known as "then"), more information is needed.

  • If the answer is "yes," (also known as "true"), move forward to the next issue.

Fallacies: If you continue to move forward based on "no's," the problem will persist.


Hope: If your answer is "maybe," acquire more information before making a decision. "Hope" is not a "yes." If all your answers give you "hope," but no "yes's," your problem will not be solved. Continuously hoping for a solution without considering the evidence is called "wishful thinking."


Successes: If your answer is "yes," move forward.


To solve multiple issues at the same time, create a list of them from the most, to the least important. Work on the top two or three issues independently from one another. Don't try to solve everything at once, but certainly, keep all of your concerns in mind.


Often, solving one issue leads to simultaneously solving multiple problems, a happy result! Over time, update your issues as appropriate and always move forward when you anticipate that the best solution has been revealed.


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