#342: Power Play – Asking questions

Heart and Ice Power Play - Asking questions

To me, being a student of the game means asking questions.  In fact, I think asking questions and listening to learn are among the most powerful tools we have in getting better.  Asking questions takes both confidence and humility.  So does listening to learn.  – Mike Babcock

Asking questions can put you in a vulnerable position because it shows that you don’t have all of the answers, but it’s also the way that we learn and shows that we want to make an effort to do so.  It demonstrates that you are secure enough in yourself to listen and consider advice from other people.

No matter how good you are, no matter how accomplished, you always learn by asking questions.  And you can’t lose by listening.

When you do ask questions, do you truly listen to the answers?  As Stephen Covey says, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand.  Most people listen with the intent to reply.”  It’s not just other people that we need to ask questions of, but also ourselves.  When you ask yourself tough questions or ask for feedback, do you quickly come back with an excuse, or do you take an honest look at yourself and try to use the answers to get better

The right question can unlock life-changing possibilities.  Are you ready to commit to your dreams?  Have you taken ownership of them?  Do you look at life as moments of opportunity?  Do you make adversity work for you?  Do you look at every day as an opportunity to learn?  Do you surround yourself with people who make you better?  If you’re not making a difference, what are you making?

Whether it’s asking questions about your life, something you don’t understand or want other opinions on, it shows courage and humility to ask those questions, not weakness.

Game Plan:  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  None of us have all the answers, and the only way we learn is by asking.


Quote source: Mike Babcock, Leave No Doubt


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