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If you have children or have been around children very much you know that they ask a lot of questions. My son especially is always thinking about something and asking life’s big questions. This has kept me sharp mentally because his questions make me think.

I believe one of the plights of the human condition is we have forgotten to ask ourselves questions that challenge us. Somewhere along the road, we begin to accept our routines, habits, and lifestyles. It seems that we only question life when we come upon a crossroads or a crises. Then we ask, “Why,” or “How did this happen?” or “What went wrong?” I believe if we would learn from children and start asking ourselves questions again, we could live our lives more fully.

One of the reasons I chose coaching as a profession is that I have witnessed and experienced the power of answered questions. When asked the right question, you consider options and opportunities you didn’t think you had. I challenge you to try these 4 questions for 1 week and let me know what you experience.


1. Did I use my time well today? Did my time reflect my priorities? What did I accomplish? Do you find yourself running out of time in your day? If so I would challenge that you’re spending at least some of your time on non-priority activities. A daily review of how you spend your time will help you to drill down and discover how you’re really using your most valuable resource. Then you’re in a position to make the appropriate adjustments for tomorrow.

2. Am I set up for tomorrow? One important lesson I learned from marathon training is preparedness. The night before a long run, I would completely prepare myself for the next morning. I would check the weather. Set out my running gear. Plan my nutrition. and my route. I did this because I learned early on in my running career, that being prepared always increased my opportunities for success – always. Plan tomorrow… today!

3.  What did I learn today? If a day is going by that you didn’t learn something, then you’re not paying attention. I learn something everyday. Maybe it’s a new way of doing something or an understanding of what not to do. No matter, everyday is an opportunity to learn and then determine how you can apply it. It’s the fastest way to benefit from mistakes and move forward.

4. Where do I need to invest tomorrow? Spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical- the 4 dimensions of self. Where do you need to invest to be the best version of you? If even one area is neglected on any given day it will begin the progression to decline. The law of entropy states that everything in the universe is on the move from order to disorder. Nothing is stagnant or remains the same. You must invest in every dimension to be at your best at all times.

Don’t wait until you’re at a crossroads, or at the end of your year to ask what happened to your time, energy and resources. Daily course adjustments will enable you to reach your goals for the year!

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. Tony Robbins

Pay attention the next time you’re around a child. They still have that sense of discovery, the curiosity that desires to understand how and why things are the way they are. The most successful people are still asking questions and acting on their answers.

A coach will ask you the powerful questions you need to answer to get the results you’re after. Board Certified Coach and published author Kaylene Mathews is the President and owner of KSMLifeCoaching LLC. She offers both personal and group coaching services as well as assessments and training workshops for individuals, groups and corporate teams. She recently published her first book “If You Only Knew What You Can Do”available on For more information visit:

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