Children live in the world of curiosity, they love asking questions why, what, when, where and how. Yes, children are expert question creators, and they don’t censor their questions, they are not afraid to ask about what ever they are curious about. I am currently reading Michael Gelb’s book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Everyday. This book title got me curious about how I could think more like Leonardo da Vinci, so I am just loving all the exercises through out this book.
One in particular is a great exercise for journaling and so insightful. It turns out it is important to learn to ask good questions, and to keep asking questions. From the chapter on curiosity there is one exercise called 100 questions that you find interesting. It just requires a journal or a few pieces of paper, a quiet place to sit and ponder, and about 30-45 minutes to come up with your questions. These questions can be about anything you are interested in goals, dreams, self- exploration, curiosity about the outside world, anything really. At first the questions just flow and it is super easy. Then it gets harder, 100 questions are a lot of questions to come up with, so be curious and keep going. This exercise is best done in one sitting, keep your pen on the page and keep writing. As you keep going the questions will get closer to your real deep curiosity. This is a great exercise for learning to ask good questions, and lots of good questions, like a child. I loved this exercise and I was thinking it was the perfect time of year to do them.
The book suggests you identify themes from your questions, and not to judge them just accept these are the things your curious about. Some of my themes were as follows:
- Diet and fitness
- Personal communication
- home making
Also pick ten questions, the power questions these are the questions that resonate with you the most, and start exploring those questions. A journal is a great place to start, but it may also mean doing some research, reading, speaking to experts on the subject, doing courses, and simply exploring the question in as many ways as you can, and of course asking even more questions delving into all corners of the box and even some outside of it. For example, one of my power questions was, who are the five creative women I admire, and what can I learn from them? I am excited about exploring this question, which I can break down into more questions, and it feels so expansive, because I can look at it from so many angles.
Try this exercise and come up with your own 100 questions, identify your themes and pick your ten power questions to explore.
Enjoy creating your questions, and exploring them in your journal.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!