There are many books that have made a difference in my life. One of them is by Tony Robbins, and it’s called ”Awaken The Giant Within”. He shares that the quality of your life is determined by the questions you ask. He explains that our worldview can be defined by the life metaphors we have. For those of us who haven’t been in an English classroom for awhile, a metaphor is a way of explaining an unknown by comparing it to a known.
For example, some people may believe that life is a game. For those who think that life is a game, there’s a good chance they see life as being fun, playful, and adventurous. There can be a downside to this metaphor, however, because it can also mean that there is always a winner and a loser. In other word, life could be seen as a zero-sum game. I don’t necessarily think that’s true.
For others, life is a dance If you have ever watched “Dancing With The Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance”, you can see that some people move through life full of expression and joy.
For others, life is a battle and is meant to be a struggle. Last year (2011) wasn’t much fun for many of us, but if we EXPECT life to be a battle, then it certainly will continue to be.
My favorite metaphor is “Life is like a Jeopardy game”. All of the answers are on the board, the winner is the one who asks the right questions. There is a baseline assumption that all of the answers are available, which I LOVE because that means no situation is completely hopeless. There IS an answer for everything. Sometimes the answer is obvious, and sometimes not…but the answer is there!
Robbins’ idea that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions you ask is certainly accurate and profound. Outstanding achievement in any field is determined by asking a better question than the one that got you where you curently are.
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