Podcast Episode 96: Ask a Life-Changing Question: “What If?”

    Jan 3, 2022

    If you recall, last week in Episode 95, we talked about the value of asking questions, and I promised you that January will be all about questions here in this space–just one a week, but every one of them will be a great one that can lead you to joy, adventure, and God only knows what else.

    This week, I invite you to ask, “What if?”

    Because here’s what’s so life-changing about this one: As John Hittler writes in a Forbes magazine article titled “The Genius of Asking ‘What if?’”

    Questions literally open up (and close) pathways in your brain. Like an itch, questions need to be scratched. When a great question is posed, whether in a team meeting or at a family dinner, our brains race to answer them.

    With a normal question, your brain quickly and transparently uses previous information, data or situational experiences to concoct an acceptable answer. 

    With a ‘what if?’ question, your brain usually holds no previous precedent, paradigm or example to rely upon for an acceptable answer, so the answer heads to a different area of the brain

    The area, I might add, that opens up to limitless possibility.

    In this episode you’ll find out exactly what that looks like, and be inspired to let your own “What if…?” take you on a most excellent adventure.


    Hittler, John. “The Genius of Asking ‘What If?’ Questions. Forbes Magazine, May 16, 2018.


    Lady Gaga’s shoe piano: https://weirdmusicthings.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/lady-gagas-most-stunning-pianos/

    Seither, Marci. “Bob Goff’s Audacious Parenting Adventure.” Focus on the Family Magazine, November 1, 2017.


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