Isn’t that an excellent headline? Actually, I found it on the BBC website. Intrigued, I of course clicked on the article it referred to. Who wouldn’t want to solve any problem with just three questions?
Unfortunately, the article itself was a bit of a letdown for me. Not that I really read it. It seemed to be aimed at businesses, not people. Every other sentence I skimmed contained words like “company” or “work” or “colleague.” Yawn.
Seriously, I’m sure it’s an excellent article. But any business article would be pretty much of a letdown after such a grabber of a headline.
But of course it got me thinking. What if only three questions would give you the solution to every pressing issue? What if you could flow chart your way to a better life?
And, you know, I think you can. You just need better questions.
It turns out that when I thought of the problems I seem to habitually encounter, it was pretty easy to come up with many sets of three questions. In hopes these may have general applicability, I will share them now.
Three Questions That Could Solve Any Problem:
Is my credit limit high enough?
Will my spouse find out?
Will he/she actually divorce me for this?
How quickly can I get out of here?
Are there any witnesses?
In the event there are unseen witnesses, could I explain it away?
Is it a disagreeable task?
Can I do it tomorrow instead?
Can I never do it?
Do I want to eat this food?
Do I fit in my pants?
Could I buy new pants?