Being in a creative block usually means succumbing to an old and worn pattern that’s essentially not working for you. Time and effort expended in your current state will amount to nothing unless you take the time out to assess the things you are doing wrong—these things are what actually keeps you from doing productive work.
One of the things that keep you in a mental dead end is by failing to ask the right questions. You might think, “How could such a trivial thing spell the difference between progress and being creatively stuck?” However, there is indeed, a lot to be gleaned from here. To get one step closer to change, we must first ask the right questions in order to pave the way to get new answers.
Asking the Right Questions
Often enough, asking new questions alone are not sufficient to lead you to the answer. Aside from being able to take on a fresh perceptive, a new question has to reflect the proper matter at hand. One can arrive at the right question by looking first at the current problem. Although it can be terrifyingly easy to get trapped in a mindset that frames the question based on the present facts, it is nevertheless ineffectual to miss the big picture because of the smaller details.
Asking inaccurate questions will only serve to produce answers that will compound your mental status into a standstill. Moreover, unsound questions can also turn your focus away from progress, thereby keeping you from being productive. The emphasis then, should be on forming the right questions in order to get the right answer.
The Power of Mental Questions
We ask and answer our own mental questions everyday and it is inevitable that these questions contribute a veritable hold into the outcome of our life. You can wield this power by replacing weak questions with strong questions. An example of a weak question would be, “Should I give up now?” while a strong question asks, “How much more effort should I expend to keep on going?”
Unbeknown to many, weak questions can prove to be disempowering since the focus is directed towards the self and what’s wrong. Why do I need to do this? Why can’t I be better? How is it that I can’t think of a solution? Essentially, these questions are concentrating on what’s not working. Although it might seem like a good idea at first to focus on one’s mistakes, all this does is to reinforce the direness of the situation.
Despite this fact, weak questions are essentially addictive. This is because it allows us to wallow in our misery and somehow, it feeds our insecurities. At this state, it’s so easy to regard everything with a defeatist perspective since everything looks hopeless.
What Results Are Essentially Made Of
Average results are largely the product of average questions. When you don’t ask enough then the answer will never be sufficiently adequate. If you particularly don’t like the kind of results you’re getting in your current state then make the leap and ask more powerful questions. Asking the same old things will invariably beget the same old answers.
The focus should always be toward your goals and not on the opposite direction. You have the power to better your progress as long as you make the conscious decision to do so.
Written by Jeanne San Pascual, a multidisciplinary freelance writer with a passion for the unusual. Jeanne asserts that her scope of interest is vast, but her foremost desire is still to achieve superhuman-worthy expertise in the realm of words and linguistic exchange. At her leisure time (which could be rare), she writes about her point of views in The Lifelong Loner.
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