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When Questions Are Better Than Answers

Whenever we decide to move our lives in a certain direction, we likely think, we’ve finally got it right. The amount of thought you put ahead of time into your decision may vary, but in any case, you feel confident in your decision. Your new plan, or new step, will take you in the exact direction you want to go.

No doubt, aggressive decision-making may often bring about satisfaction and results. At the same time, these qualities can in fact be negatives if you don’t constantly push yourself to improve your decision-making skills; you also need to take time for questioning and addressing your doubts along the way.

Here are three ways in which asking yourself questions, rather than just forging ahead without looking back, can be valuable for your professional, personal, and financial life:

Before You Begin: It may feel good to believe you’re about to make the right choice. But don’t be afraid to ask yourself questions at the beginning of any professional, personal, or financial journey. For example, if you’re figuring out how to increase your cash flow ask, “Will what I propose to do bring about financial stability?” and “Will this strategy benefit my family over the long term, or is it just what I think I should do right now? To set realistic goals, don’t shy away from moments of reflection.

Allow Yourself to Adjust: Your conditions may change, or your mind may change. Ask yourself, “Am I moving toward my goal as quickly as I would like?” and “Is this something I still want?” If the answer to either question is “no,” don’t be afraid to adjust your behavior and change course. Just like our tendency to readjust to the flow of traffic or sample a different flavor of ice cream, tweaking your plans along the way is a surefire way to increase the likelihood you’ll get where and what you want.

Questions to Share: If you ask yourself what you want next, or where you stand for now, and are having a hard time feeling confident in your answers, consider speaking to a financial professional. They can help you get a sense of what your options are, and provide the information you need to move forward.

You may be confident in your ability to know yourself, and all things, at all times. But unless you take the time to check-in with yourself and your plans with some strategic questions, you risk struggling with your goals down the line, and wondering what went wrong.

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