6 Questions For You That Will Make You Smarter  - Page 2 of 3

Smart QuestionsWhat would change this situation?

If you’re in a negative situation, chances are, you’d like to get out of it. Improving your mind can help you change a situation a lot quicker than usual, leading to a happier outlook once the negativity has been removed.

This skill can be easily developed by asking yourself what would change the situation. Would relaxation help? Are you unhappy with the way things are going? Are your co-workers causing problems? Are you simply tired or hungry and need a break?

Whatever the reason, deciphering the cause of the problem can help you determine the best way to resolve it efficiently.

Why do things happen?

If you’re facing a task you need to conquer, or even a hard time you need to cope with, a great place to start is considering why it’s happening in order to help you see the full picture and grasp the situation in full.

Work out whether it was a random occurrence, whether it’s caused by some kind of catalyst or whether it’s correlated to something that’s been going on for a while. Not only will your ability to combat the situation improve, you’ll also work out how to prevent it from happening again in the process.

This leads us on to…

What is the most likely explanation or solution?

Take some advice from the Occam’s Razor principle. This suggests that when things are equal, i.e. will achieve the same result, the simplest solution is correct.

Take a moment to think about how you can achieve your goal or complete the task at hand. What would be the easiest option for you? If the simplest option will work, why complicate matters?

Taking the simple yet efficient route will make you more productive and allow you free time for other matters, plus, the fact you took a moment to consider your options will increase your ability to weigh up pros and cons before making a quick decision.

Could I think about this differently?

Only taking your own views into account could really hinder your opportunity for development. Try having an open mind and accept that someone else may have a more balanced viewpoint or a better suggestion. There are two sides to every story or situation, so try to see the big picture. Ensure any issue is being represented fairly in order to use all the relevant information. This will teach you how to create a plan based on important facts.