"Why Do You Ask So Many Questions?"

Mike Coval
May 28, 2021

I was asked this by a client recently. They weren't annoyed by the fact that I was asking so many questions, but they were curious. Plus they felt comfortable with being so direct with me.

I understood why they were so curious.

In my profession, I think it's expected that we have quick, easy answers to the challenges that people face with their health & fitness.

Going that route can be helpful, but most often times I find it's not.

For example, I'm sure most of you have heard the old adage of "eat less, move more" in regard to advice for losing weight.

Sure, on surface level it's good advice, but it doesn't address the nuances that come with each individual.

If you give that advice to 10 people who are trying to lose weight, then it might be effective for 1 of those people while the other 9 either have so-so success or more likely, none at all.

Taking into consideration one's:

-current environment

-past experiences

-relationship with themselves

-the company that they keep

-the responsibilities that they have

-confidence and ability to execute the advice given

-ability to handle stress and how they typically respond to new stressors

These are just a few things to consider.

This is why I ask so many questions instead of just tell people what to do.

The former is an effective way to build a relationship and actually help. The latter is a surefire way to miss the boat and lead someone further down the rabbit hole of dissatisfaction and frustration.

I think asking questions and seeking to understand is a lost art nowadays and something that we need to focus on bringing back into our daily lives. If you want further proof in our inability to do so currently, then just hop on Facebook or Twitter for 5 minutes and that will be all of the proof that you need.

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