Three questions you should be asking yourself…

Cliff_Clavin_in_CheersDo you remember Cliffy from the TV sitcom Cheers? Who can forget the bar’s “know-it-all” mailman who irritated his audience with quips and factoids on just about every topic one could imagine? To Cliffy, knowledge was power. The more “wisdom” he could showcase, the more impressed his listeners would be, and the “wiser” he would appear in their estimation… At least that was his perspective.

Today’s effective leader knows that true wisdom isn’t demonstrated by having all the answers, but rather by asking the right questions. A person dedicated to leading a highly effective organization understands how powerful the right questions can be in unleashing true innovation, unearthing the best ideas, and unveiling true “wisdom.”

With that in mind, let me challenge you to ask yourself the following three questions. At a time of year where most of us are looking back on the year behind us and looking forward to the year ahead, asking the right questions can make all the difference, both personally and professionally. Here are the questions…  (Special thanks to my friend Robert Hargrove of Masterful Coaching for inspiring this article with a Facebook post earlier today.)

What happened?

Did you achieve your goals for 2012? Did you fall short of them? If so, why? What happened? What caused you to get off track? Think through your successes and failures, and mine them for gold! Everything you need to succeed is already within you. Take the time to process the majore events of the past year (the good, the bad, the ugly), and crystallize the lessons and principles that will propel you to new heights in the coming year.

What’s missing?

What is missing in your current situation, that if added, would make a significant improvement in your progress? Who do you need to have at the table? What knowledge do you need to gain? What strategy do you need to embrace? What’s missing?

What’s next?

Remember, you can’t change the past. You can’t undo your mistakes, and you can’t relive your victories. They are behind you now, so what’s next? Where do you go from here? What will you do next to achieve your goals and dreams? Don’t get stuck in the past, or fall prey to daydreaming about tomorrow. What will you do next?

As Norm, another famous “Cheers” character, once said, “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I wearing Milkbone underwear.” Okay, not entirely sure how that fits with this post, but I remember it being funny as hell when I first heard him say it on TV. It’s still funny to me now. I think the point he was making is that it’s tough “out there” in the real world. The wise person knows this, and embraces a life of learning that is demonstrated by asking the right questions.

What happened?

What’s missing?

What’s next?

Think deeply. Learn everything you can. Then take the appropriate action!


To your ultimate success,

Eric Deschamps | Business Coach, Ottawa

Eric DeschampsBusiness Coach Ottawa

Founder/President of Breakthrough Coach

“Helping others succeed has always been my passion. There is no greater feeling in the world than coming alongside someone and empowering them to achieve their goals and dreams.” I work with individuals with a single and simple purpose: to help them define and attain their goals, one step at a time. Through the coaching relationship, I help business owners and professionals achieve more by delivering world-class growth strategies, tools and advice individually tailored to each owner and his/her business. 

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