Ask If not Why

We have always been told to ask “why”. Why would you do this, why did you do that, why do you think or behave in a certain way?

Asking someone one else or even yourself “why” is not a bad thing to do. All too often though, asking why can lead to negative responses that results in stopping progress. Fear sets in and the thinking becomes, why would I want to do that or what was I thinking?

Asking “if” instead can result in more positive responses. The question “if we did this” creates a view of potential and possibility. I believe the word “if” stimulates the imagination! Maybe more ideas would become real when we start with the emotional “if” and then move to the logical “why”?

I wonder what would happen if ………?

About Murray Hill

I am a proud Canadian that wonders around. A lot!
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