Most of us find comfortable patterns in our lives and repeat them as often as possible.
We have a favorite coffee and drink it every day. We take a nearly identical path to and from the office, the kitchen, the bathroom, the gym.
Our routines are nice. They’re comforting. But issues arise when we wear those known paths so deep we find ourselves staring up from the bottom of a canyon. A rut we’ve worn deep through years of repetition.
When I find myself or one of my coworkers in a rut, I’ve found it helpful to ask good questions:
- Given my strengths, what should I be doing more of day to day?
- Are there people I need to learn from? Be mentored by?
- Is there a skill that I keep putting off learning?
- What is my personal goal for the next season of life?
Asking good questions won’t pull you out of the rut completely, but it may help you carve a path closer to the canyon’s rim.
“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb
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