Steve CookI have a lot of solid ideas brewing in me and so many of them revolve around questions that I contemplate regularly. Some of them are questions I have for myself, and others are questions that I have for the students I coach.

Something I learned a long time ago is…

Most of life is simply solving problems.

This is especially true for entrepreneurs.

Day to day they spend their time solving problems. Whether it’s…

  • Coming up with solutions that will make people’s lives easier,
  • Figuring out a marketing problem,
  • Dealing with a disgruntled customer or employee,
  • Or coming up with the money to pay the bills this month.

…The best entrepreneurs in the world are in the business of dealing with problems and coming up with solutions.

They have personal problems too—life problems and challenges that need to be dealt with.

When things are tough at work, they are usually tough at home. The same challenges that take place in the workplace so often show up in our homes in one form or another.

Life is a series of obstacles and challenges.

Some people embrace this, others crumble under the weight and they throw their hands in the air not knowing how to take the next step. I find that the key to success is asking the right questions.

As a coach, I help people to ask the right questions and how to overcome the challenges and obstacles in life. In time, when you ask the right questions and come up with the right answers on a regular basis you find yourself in the zone, with everything seeming to go well.

You know those people that seem like life is on cruise control and everything they touch turns to gold? These people still have challenges and problems, but they’ve learned to ask the right questions (or have someone in their life that challenges them with the right questions) and come up with the right answers that smooth things out for them.

When you don’t ask the right questions, you can’t possibly come up with the right answer for your situation.

Wrong answers don’t solve problems.

wrong answers

Granted, sometimes there is more than one answer and choosing the right one isn’t always easy. Sometimes we’re faced with multiple solutions that are pleasant (this is a great place to be), sometimes the answers are very clear where one is bad and the other is good, and unfortunately there are time when we’re faced with having to decide between bad and bad, but it is still important that we ask the right questions to pick the right of the bad decisions before us.

So, I have decided that I’m going to do a series of articles on some of the right question. These questions are not necessarily universal, there is an art to tailoring the questions to each situation, but it is my hope that as I share some real-world experiences with you that you will begin to learn the art that the most successful people in the world are able to do.

Everything is simply a problem…

…and every problem has a solution.

Finally, the solution to every problem is much easier to come up with when we have a clear Vision.  At Lifeonaire we believe that when you have a clear Vision, everything gets easier.  Decisions are much easier to make.

If it is in your vision to be a person of integrity no matter what, the answers to your questions should always insure that you come out on the other end maintaining your integrity.

So, the next time you are faced with a decision (will likely take place right after you read this article) ask yourself:

“Which decision leaves my integrity intact?”

And tell me what you discover. I love reading your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Blessings,

—Steve

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