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The best question I have ever been asked

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What’s the best question you have ever been asked? For a young child perhaps its “how old are you”, the answer always seems to elicit a big smile and a sense of pride when they say I’m 4 (5,6 etc)

As we get older the great questions could include ‘will you marry me’ or ‘how do you fancy a new challenge?’ equally though we might hear ‘what did you do that for?’ or ‘can we talk?’. Sometimes its the word, sometime its the tone, but it seems (particularly as a trainer) we are bombarded with questions on a daily basis!

The best question I was ever asked didn’t change my life as much as it changed the way I looked at the world. Yet it was so simple. The question was:

“What would happen if you didn’t do it?”


That simple question helped me see when I was younger how much the pressure I was under was self created. I was suffering from self imposed stress, not giving myself a break, not realizing that sometimes its ok to say no or simply stop.

As a 50 something with what sometimes seems to be increasing demands on my time, its a great question to help me put those demands in perspective.

So the next time you feel under pressure, go on ask yourself, “what would happen if I didn’t do it?” you might be surprised by the answer!


Alison Burgess is a Resilience Expert and Confidence Coach. For more information about building confidence and resilience go to the Limitless for Life website, contact Alison on 07931 556 167 or click here to follow on twitter.

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