There are signs the recession might—emphasize might—be working its way toward a conclusion. I’m sure many will join me in saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But after sitting with a group of discouraged business people for several hours recently, and wanting afterwards to blow my brains out in despair, I decided I needed to shift my mind.
How do I shift my mind? Pose challenging questions. After all, a provocative question is the best way to break out of unproductive thinking — the kind of thinking that got you to despair in the first place.
So here are some questions to raise about your business in those moments when despair sneaks in on little cat feet and threatens to make you tedious and whiny. (These questions aren’t designed to make you happy, but they will engage your higher levels of reasoning as a counterpoint to base fear.)
YOUR PATH FORWARD: Posing great questions keeps your intellect and spirit engaged during tough times. We may not like the answers we get, but wrestling with them gives us a kind of balance and control that springs from awareness. Engaging in deep, courageous critical thinking is an intrinsic victory even when extrinsic victories seem hard to come by. Take a stab at the questions above. Write out your answers, and discuss them with a trusted ally.