Scientists estimate that we have anywhere from 12,000 to 70,000 or more thoughts every day. Unfortunately, they also say about 80 percent of them are negative.
“If you could put a microphone in your brain and listen to your thoughts, what would you hear?” asks Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., best-selling author, psychologist and co-leader of WFF’s 2018 Leadership Development Workshops (LDWs) READY TO LEAD: 5 Strategies to Accelerate Your Career. New this year, one-day workshop attendees in each of the 12 host cities will receive year-long interaction with session leaders and peers at no additional cost.
“When we ask questions, our subconscious searches for answers. It doesn’t decide first if the question was a bad one,” Lombardo cautions. Very often, we ask ourselves repetitive, self-limiting and self-sabotaging questions. ‘How did I mess up that presentation?’ ‘Why did she get the best assignment instead of me?’ “Asking better questions can put you in a far more effective position to find paths to improvement rather than fodder for self-loathing,” she says.
Lombardo and fellow presenter Katrina McGhee, best-selling author and founder of Loving on Me, will engage LDW participants in hands-on strategies to build a personalized roadmap to success over a 12-month journey. Workshop participants will complete WFF’s Leadership Competency Assessment prior to the session and arrive ready to tackle key areas of opportunity.
At no additional cost to the one-day workshop, LDW participants will receive WFF Membership, Exclusive monthly Facebook Live Webinars and WFF Networking Pop-Ups at one of our sponsor locations. The sooner you register, the sooner you can start tapping into the expertise of the speakers and fellow registrants. In the meantime, consider these ideas to Ask Better Questions Now.
- What am I truly grateful for in this moment? “Focusing on gratitude is a powerful way to quickly change your mental chatter,” Lombardo says. “Repeatedly asking yourself what you’re grateful for brings an entirely different energy to your thinking and your life.”
- What am I passionate about and how can I use it to help others? “Thinking about how you want to contribute, use your passions for good and help others frees you from self-absorption and stimulates your creativity,” Lombardo says.
- How can I enjoy this process more? Granted, sometimes your situation is not great. But there are likely ways to make it better. “It can be as simple as deciding to listen to your favorite music while working all weekend to meet a deadline,” Lombardo suggests. “We have ways of making challenging situations worse, and ways of making them a little better.”
- What can I learn from this? Maybe your annual review was more critical than you expected. Or your presentation really did fall flat. It happens. Think about where things went wrong, make a plan to improve and then move on.
Now get going! The point of asking better questions is to get your subconscious working for you, rather than against you. But it’s not an end in itself. Ask yourself some good questions, pick your best answers and move on to concrete action steps that will make a difference.