Although I left my direct sales career over three years ago I am often asked a series of questions about it. Is it worth it? Would you do it again and the BIG question, “What advise would you give me? I always find it interesting that these are the most frequently asked questions.
It is said, the quality of your life is based on the quality of the questions you ask. The questions you ask yourself and the questions you ask a mentor. Each morning the first question you might ask yourself is “What would I love?” What does the life I would love living look like?” Most people are on automatic pilot getting through the routine of their day and never really taking time to think, “Is this the ‘Life’ I truly want to live?”
You have probably heard the definition of insanity “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” By continuing to ask “what would I love?” in all areas of your life – health, relationships, career, and time and money freedom you allow yourself to begin to design a way of life that you love living.
Dr. John F. Demartini writes, ‘The quality of your life is based partly upon the quality of the questions you ask yourself daily. If you are not inspired about your life or if you are not living the life you truly dream of, it just may be because you are not asking yourself the highest quality questions. The moment you do is the moment your life begins to change.’
Author, John C Maxwell also writes on the importance of asking good questions. He has a list of Must Ask Questions he asks someone (who was the best at something he wanted to achieve); these questions are a resource that prepares you to make the most of the opportunities you have for growth.
Must-Ask Questions for Your Mentor…
- How do you define success?
- What values guide your decision?
- What’s the most effective daily habit you possess?
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
- What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve gotten?
- What do you wish you knew at my stage of life or career?
- What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
- What are you learning right now?
- What positive thing do you see in me that I need to focus on developing?
- What must I do to overcome that obstacle and keep growing?
I recently was reminded of the power and importance of asking the right question when someone in the direct sales business asked me “How do you continue to get your team ordering?” I looked a her and said let’s reframe the question to “How can I encourage my team to sell more, to be better in sales?”
By asking, how can I encourage my team to sell more(?) you start to focus on ideas …creative techniques and tips to increase productivity by increasing skill. Asking yourself different questions gives you an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. A shift in your thinking from feeling like the situation is hopeless to being able to see options. Your focus shifts to being creative and results oriented.
Yes …. “The quality of your life is based partly upon the quality of the questions you ask yourself daily.” If you could live a life you really love living, what is that life?