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Is it time you asked a different question?

I'm sure that you've noticed in each of my email I ask a question. This question is designed to get you thinking, thinking about what you want in life, thinking about how powerful you are or learning to appreciate the good things you have in your life. I do this because we don't always find time or even think to ask ourselves or others these questions.

A typical conversation with a friend or partner could go like this:

“How was your day?” “Good, thanks. Yours?” “Fine, thanks.”

Sound familiar? This kind of automatic conversation does not lead anyone to think..

What if we started to ask each other different questions? Questions that did allow us to reflect.- try asking a more specific, but still open-ended questions.

What was the best part of your day?

What’s something unusual that happened today?

Did you learn anything new today?

What are you most proud of today?

These kinds of questions inspire more meaningful and enjoyable conversations and can show someone you really care about what they have to say. The goal isn’t always to fix their problems but to invite them to think through their day and extract something valuable from it, even if it was a frustrating day. The goal is to hold a supportive space for the highs and lows, to reinforce successful strategies, to celebrate their joys, and to offer empathy where needed.

Something to keep in mind is that your presence is just as powerful as the question itself, maybe even more important. The people you love deserve your undivided attention and sincere support.






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Claire
Claire
Sep 09, 2019

Angus, I love that! and glad to hear your mum got the all clear :) I have started a new workout programme this week and have stuck to all the sessions that I committed to.

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Angus
Angus
Sep 04, 2019

Anytime! Well today's was a unique one, but a happy one! Mum recently found a lump on her breast, and after scans, got the all clear that it was nothing to worry about. Mum loves flowers, so from Dad and myself I bought her a nice bunch to say we love you, and we're glad she's all clear :) How about you Claire?

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Claire
Claire
Sep 04, 2019

Thanks for the comment Angus, it is a great questions. So tell me, what have you done that you are proudest about today?

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Angus
Angus
Sep 04, 2019

Claire, love the thought process behind this! A mentor of mine often asks 'what have you done that you are proudest about today', and it really does get you thinking!

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