Ask Yourself These 2 Unconventional Questions to Stand Out in 2022

Go beyond gratitude

Michael Thompson
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One of the best decisions I’ve made over the last few years is creating a shortlist of questions to ask myself to better navigate life.

Questions like, “What’s the next right little step I can take?” and “What would this look like if it were easy?” have the power to create forward progress when the world pushes you back, whereas questions like “If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to?” serve as a strong reminder that time is limited and that I need to prioritize what matters most.

I’m also a fan of a question my friend Niklas Göke shared with me around this time last year: “What would happen if I just kept listening?”

Nik’s advice reminds me that good things happen when we lead with our two ears instead of our ego and think before we speak. Not only that, but it also reminds me that life isn’t Jeopardy and you don’t have to jump in with an answer the first chance you get.

That being said, one of the major life realizations I’ve had that points to Nik’s recommendation is that any individual achievement that doesn’t lead to community advancement isn’t worth very much.

In addition to thinking about how you can better operate as an individual as we head into 2022, below…

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Michael Thompson
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Co-creator of two cool kids • Storytelling Coach •.Fast Co., Insider, Forbes • Free storytelling guide here: https://bit.ly/3h1KZeT