What would be my first step to get around this Obstacle?
The first step is often all that is needed
What is the simplest solution?
Sometimes the most straightforward Options are the best
If I had no limitations how would I handle this? / If I had a magic wand to use on this Obstacle what would I do? / What is the perfect solution?
These questions helps free up our thinking and allows more creative solutions to emerge
How can I create what I need?
Very often there are resources available to us but we do not recognise them unless we explicitly ask ourselves the question
Who could lend me what I need?
This question helps create Options where others can help us
How else could I get it? Could I trade or offer something in exchange?
There are often Options around trading rather than paying for something
Who could I ask to get the information or knowledge I need?
Very often there are people who might be able to help if you are willing to ask
How could I learn the skill that I need?
How could I create the time I need?
Unless you ask the question you cannot be sure that you do not have the time you need
Have I ever dealt with something like this in the past? What did I do then?
Sometimes we have resources when we have dealt with something similar in the past. If you recall them you can reuse the skills and knowledge you had then
What am I already doing now that works in terms of getting my Goal?
There are often elements that are working in what we already do. If we recognise them we can leverage them or do more with them
Is there a tried and tested way I can get around this obstacle? How could I find out about it?
Our minds often get stuck on trying to deal with a situation only one way. This question encourages us to think of how else we might get around the Obstacle
Who do I know who could deal with this obstacle well? How would they go about it?
We have the ability to access information about how other people would deal with a situation that is difficult for us. Even if you do not involve these people directly tapping into their way of thinking often creates new Options.
Are there any other groups or individuals who might be prepared to help me?
Many people have a tendency to ‘go it alone’ without thinking who might be willing and able to help
What would be a partial or temporary solution that would work for the moment?
Do I have to solve this Obstacle at all or can I just avoid the negative consequences?
It is not always necessary to completely solve a problem. There might be another way that will give you enough of what you want
Do I have enough options to move forward?
Once you have established your Options you need to verify that you can now move past the Obstacles
How could I deal with this Obstacle in a different way from my normal approach?
Thinking about how to change your normal patterns can highlight other Options
What rules am I operating under? Am I sure they are true?
The rules could be our own, other peoples, or institutional. You need to verify that they are real and establish if there is a way around them.
How could I change my reaction to the situation or person to get a different result?
Since we are usually part of the problem changing our responses can be very useful to create Options
What would be a real risk that I would be unwilling to take?
Knowing which Options you are not willing to take is also useful
What would be a real risk that I would be willing to take?
It can be very motivating to engage with a risk that you have been avoiding
What would I do if I were more assertive? What would I do if I were less assertive?
Being more or less assertive often creates more Options
What would a change of attitude bring me?
Sometimes we limit ourselves in how we think about our Options
What would really motivate me?
If you create Options you find really motivating you are more likely to carry them out
What mistakes have I seen others make? How could I avoid making those mistakes myself?
This question asks you to think forward and avoid further potential Obstacles