Socrates had a reputation for asking the big questions.
He'd never accept an answer simply because someone said it was true. Rather, he'd make a habit of asking how they got to that conclusion and whether they were certain that what they believed was true.
That's what Socratic questioning has become a popular way of addressing so many of the thoughts we think that too often we simply accept as true. It's a method of questioning which hold our thoughts up to the judgement seat to be looked at from many different angles before we get emotional about what we think that thought means.
If you find yourself thinking thoughts that are of no service to you, hold the thought up to some of these questions. You'll be amazed how weak so many of the thoughts we thought were strong really are.
- Is it true?
- Are you certain it's true?
- What are the facts?
- What another way to look at it?
- Is this thought life-enhancing?
- What are the positives about seeing it this way?
- Will it matter in five years?
- Is it just a thought or a reality?
- Have you overcome similar thoughts before?
- Are you attaching too much weight to this thought?
- Have you ever been wrong when you thought you were right?