Question Everything, Your Mind Depends On It

If you want to improve the quality of your life, improve the quality of questions you are asking yourself

These days you can find anything on Google. How to bake chocolate brownies, make your own selfie stick, currency arbitrage products between countries & anything else your mind can convince. You just type it in there in the blank space and like a obedient servant it brings back multitudes of results that match or closely match what you are looking for.

Now I sometimes like to think of our brains in the same way. As a type of search engine looking for answers to the questions we bring it.

Where thought goes, attention flows

Have you ever got a new car, bicycle or pair of shoes? Before you actually bought that thing, chances are you’d never really noticed them around you that much. But after buying it, all of a sudden it seems so many other people are driving the same cars or bikes or wearing similar shoes as you. The thought that we hold in our mind, seems to set our mind off looking for more of it in our outer world.

Focus is singular

When searching for ways to save money on your monthly expenses, you will most likely not find any search results on how to start your own business in antiquity trading. Sounds silly right? But the same applies to our minds.

While we have the choice to choose what questions we ask, once we are focusing on a specific question, we can no longer pay attention to something else. Unless of course we punch in a new question.

The habit of questions

Just like Google, once you’ve asked something, it holds weight. It remembers what you asked and tends to recommend the same thing the next time. Our minds find comfort in what we know and what is comfortable. If in the past we have had a bad spell at work, and we’ve been asking ourselves, “Why does this happen to me?” or “Why does my boss not like me?”, chances are the next time it happens, we’ll be asking the same question.

What’s steering your ship?

Although rudders are small, they can control and direct a huge vessel across stormy seas. If we were to ask ourselves, “Why is this happening to me?”, then the path our mind takes will be very different than if you were to ask “What can I do differently next time to avoid or overcome that?” Our questions are the rudders that direct not only thought, but action and behaviour.

Going against the trend

Just like auto-correct, Google suggestions can get very irritating, but non-the-less they do impact the type of questions we end up asking. Our original intentions can be greatly swayed depending on the ‘suggestions’ that are prompted in that Google search bar. Most of the times, these ‘suggestions’ are based on what the masses are asking or what events are taking place around in the world.

The questions that everyone around us ask, impact and sway us in what questions we ask ourselves. “Which school should I send my kids to?”, “How much should I be earning?”, “What area should I be living in?”, etc.

Building a house on shaky foundations

A lot of the time, many questions are built on assumptions. Either incorrect assumptions, or assumptions that worked in the past, but that no longer hold much weight. Nowadays, there are many kids that don’t go to formal school, people that don’t work for an income, and people that don’t reside in just one area or place, but live rather like nomads, travelling frequently.

I know I’m talking about the ‘outliers’ and those that don’t fit within the normal social mold. But what really is normal? I’ve come to realize that normal is something we just call for the average. What the average person is doing, is considered normal. Yet every normal person is trying their best to be more than just normal…

Assumptions tend to outlive their uselessness

If there is an area of your life that you wish to change and move from normal to a whole new level, you need to start asking different questions around that area of your life. Stop trying to answer the questions that everyone else is asking. You’ll only find the same answer as everyone else.

Start by questioning the assumptions that people are making. Look at what is ‘normal’ (read “average”) and ask if that is the only way things can be done.

Start to ask “What if” questions. What if I don’t have to send my kids to a formal school to gain the knowledge to succeed at life? What if I could make money and not have to work on someone else’s terms? What if I could choose where I live every 6-12 months and plan my life around that? What if I could swap houses with other people in other locations in the world every 6 months?

Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back

While questioning many of the world’s and our own assumptions, we may become disillusioned or create new problems of disappointment for ourselves, however finding the answer to your questions can be far more rewarding.

So identify what you are not happy with, challenge some of the assumptions that you’ve made, ask “what if” questions and keep asking new questions until you find the answers.

The greatest advances in the world were lead by individuals that did not ask “But why?”, rather by those that dared to ask “But why not?”. What advances in your life are you willing to ask the tough questions for?


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About The Author

Neil Scholtz

Neil Scholtz is a certified Personal Trainer turned CrossFit coach. He has competed at the CrossFit Games and coached athletes that have competed at the CrossFit Games, but that's not his main focus. Most of his time is spent consulting or coaching individuals to improve their lives through fitness. He has worked with over 1000 individuals from various walks of life. Tailoring solutions to their lifestyle needs.

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