What’s the Point of the Trigger Question?
Trigger Question #3
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You might wonder what these Trigger Questions are about. Seeing that this is already number 3 and I have not yet explained them.
So what are Trigger Questions? Simply put, they are questions that should trigger your thinking.
But why? Because we are quick to say something is nonsense and slow to ponder the possibility of there being some sense in that nonsense. So, what if we think more before we judge? What if we think just a little deeper before we jump to conclusions?
Here’s what I hope will happen. By musing over these questions, you will develop a habit of deliberate and purposeful attention to what is happening around you. And I hope you will come to realize that you have far more power and influence over events.
It’s called choice.
You always have a choice. And you always have to choose between two options. Yes or no. Do something or do nothing. Sense or nonsense. And so on.
What about maybe? Maybe is just a delaying tactic before you decide. Or before others decide on your behalf. And if they decide on your behalf, you then have another choice to make. Accept or fight. Yes or no. Your choice. Again.
Above all, through these questions, I hope to influence your attitude. Especially your attitude to what you perceive as nonsense at work. Because your attitude will bind you or set you free:
The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
So said Viktor Emil Frankl, Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. If you haven’t yet, then I urge you to read his book, Man’s Search for Meaning.
Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.
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