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What language do you speak? Part 4

Part 4: Think Before You Leap

As we have seen before, statements promote strong action, both positive and negative. Because of this we need to use careful consideration to ensure our statements are constructive to our goals. One of the ways we can do this is by asking ourselves questions before making a statement, aka Thinking Things Through. As we mentioned before statements are definitive, with a true or false aspect. Once a statement has been made you are passive to the consequences unless you reconsider the statement. Therefore we want to ensure that the consequences have been considered first.

If you lead with a statement you may miss out on an opportunity or potentially lead yourself into a very dangerous situation by being ignorant to the reality.

Exploring through questions on the other hand can provide information you haven’t yet considered. An inquisitive mind-set demands that you search for options to make positive yet not ignorant decisions, challenging but not excessively risky decisions. This opens the door to conquering opportunities you previously thought impossible and gives you the chance to real yourself back in when things are too risky. It also gives you somewhat of an informed decision as to the consequences of following through with an idea or statement.

As an example before we make a definitive Statement such as;

  • I can’t quit my job
  • I’ve had enough, I’m quitting and walking out right now
  • Changing my body is too hard
  • A low calorie diet is the only way to change my body shape

It would be wise to ask questions such as;

  • What would I need to feel safe to quit my job?
  • When can I realistically change my career?
  • What can I do today to begin the process of a more fulfilling career?
  • What does my current job offer me?
  • What would I sacrifice if I quit?
  • What are the pros and cons of a low calorie diet?
  • Why are there so many diets?
  • How can I find out more information about food?
  • Why will a low calorie diet work for me?
  • Are there any simple, easy changes I can make to improve my body shape?
  • Where can I get support to make the change I seek less daunting?

By asking questions we can determine whether a statement is valid, true and possible, ultimately achieving one of three things:

  1. Backs up the intended method and you can go ahead with confidence and motivation
  2. Saves time, money and effort from a situation that may not help and could potentially be dangerous in the short and/or long term
  3. Uncovers a more effective method of getting what you aspire to be / do

Live Healthy,

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