They’re as old as time itself, and yet many of us allow their full potential to fall flat on its face.
For most of us questions have become mundane, mediocre and routine expressions whose best uses are to help us locate lost items (“Has anyone seen my keys?), frustrate our teams (Why can’t you work with this budget?), or worse, talk down to ourselves (Why can’t I get it right?).
But questions can be powerful forces for mindset and behavior change if we let them.
There Are No Stupid Questions, Right?
I bet that when you were in school your teacher probably told you that there were no such things as stupid questions, which may not be entirely true.
You’ve got a super-efficient brain that goes to work to try to answer any question it’s given, but that’s only beneficial if you give your brain empowering questions to contemplate.
One of my favorite coaches, Tony Robbins, likes to say, “Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer,” and considering most of us ask the same uninspiring questions day in and day out, the answers we get back may be about as empowering as training wheels on a speedboat.
Not very, if you ask me.
Flip the Script
And while many routine questions may seem harmless in their posing, when it comes to the subject of social work salaries, income, and money, the danger of asking stupid questions is more of the same low wages and undervalued service – and no social worker that I know wants more of that!
So what can social workers do to begin to improve their thinking around money and their income in the process? Why, ask better questions, of course!
Not only will asking empowering questions force your brain to reveal to you more empowering answers, your answers may even revel to you how you might earn more money in the process.
Not sure what questions to ask? Don’t worry; I got you covered with 69 empowering questions you can ask yourself or a colleague to help you get started. My best advice to you is to assume that there is an answer to every question and that they all apply to you (for example, N/A is not a viable response). Use this to challenge your current thinking and help expand your mindset around what it means to be wealthy and a social worker.
The more specific you are, the better your results will be, so give yourself some time to go through the entire process and feel free to add more questions for yourself.
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