Today it is time for our discussion of nugget#4 as we find it in An Enemy Called Average (Updated and Expanded). We often feel embarrassed to ask certain questions. It has often happened to me….it feels like I might be the only one not knowing the answer to the question. Everybody else seems to be “so informed” that it feels like I’m just going to look silly asking my question.
Time To Start Growing.
Eventually I discovered (way too late to my liking) that I am not the only one feeling that way. Once I decided to just be bold enough to start asking questions, I realized that all along there were many other people looking for the same answers (but also never asking them)!
If we don’t ask the questions, we’ll never learn the answers! I grabbed hold of two different sayings and I live by that motto, whether it comes to asking questions, or answering questions. These are:
- “A wise man can learn more from a fool’s question, than what a fool can learn from a wise man’s answer”, and
- “There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers”.
Grow By Asking Questions.
There is equal benefit for growth and learning, both in asking questions as well as giving answers.
Firstly, when we ask questions due to a lack of knowledge, we become more knowledgeable by getting the answers, and gain in general knowledge or we expand our knowledge on a specific subject.
We can also grow by asking ourselves some questions (I will explain this soon). I will list the 20 questions to ask and answer your-self as they are under nugget #4 in An Enemy Called Average, at the end of this article.
Grow By Giving The Answers.
As in my first example of asking a question to someone else, someone might be asking you the question now. I have often experienced that, when giving an answer to a question (especially when some explaining is necessary), I gain more understanding in the process myself. If I have any doubt, I offer to help find the answer, so I can also grow by gaining that knowledge. We must guard against the danger of thinking we know it all and become “un-teachable” in the process.
Secondly, by asking certain questions of ourselves, we are forced to do some introspection. We need to be honest with ourselves in order to benefit from these questions! When answering truthfully, we will find many opportunities for personal growth!
20 Important Questions To Ask Yourself As Listed In “An Enemy Called Average”
When certain bullet points are mentioned (or as in this case, specific questions), I will quote them as they are in the book. So these questions are quoted from the book, the rest of the content in this article is my own opinion on the subject purely for discussion. As mentioned in the first of the series of these articles, I am merely discussing these nuggets, while John Mason includes a full article on each nugget in his book.
Here are the 20 questions under Nugget#4:
- “What one decision would I make if I knew I would not fail?”
- “What one thing should I eliminate from my life because it holds me back from reaching my full potential?”
- “Am I on the path of something absolutely marvellous, or something absolutely mediocre?”
- “If everyone else in the United States of America (or anywhere else – my own emphasis) were on my level of spirituality, would there be a revival in the land?”
- “Does the devil know who I am?”
- “Am I running from something, or to something?”
- “What can I do to make better use of my time?”
- “Would I recognize Jesus if I met Him on the street?”
- “Who do I need to forgive”
- “What is my favourite scripture for myself, my family, my career?”
- “What impossible thing am I believing and planning for?”
- “What is my most prevailing thought?”
- “What good thing have I previously committed myself to do that I have quit doing?”
- “Of the people I respect most, what is it about them that earn my respect?”
- “What would a truly creative person do in my situation?”
- “What outside influences are causing me to be better or worse?”
- “Can I lead anyone else to Christ?”
- “In what areas do I need improvement in terms of personal development?”
- “What gifts, talents or strengths do I have?”
- “What is one thing I can do for someone else who has no opportunity to repay me?”
By the simple action of asking ourselves some questions, we can create a huge opportunity for personal growth! I know there are quite a few of these questions that I am asking myself, and I am going to commit myself to the answers to these questions!
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