Originally published at https://www.thrivecoaching.io.

If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. — Albert Einstein

Part of understanding the problem is making sure you’re asking the right questions.

Unfortunately, we’re not taught in school how to ask ourselves better questions. Our natural inclination is to ask “why” questions like “why me” which sends us into a downward spiral.

But when we change our questions, we change our lives.

By asking better quality questions, we gain better quality insights that can lead to powerful transformations.

Below are a series of questions I gathered from my coaching courses and friends, I found online, and I created over the past five years to identify my vision for my career and determine if I should stay or leave a job or organization.

Spend time reflecting and journaling on all or some of the questions below.

First, see if it’s the role, company, or you:

Tap into your heart, values, & dreams a bit:

Tap into your head & reasoning a bit:

Integrating your learning:

I hope these questions act as a catalyst for you and uncover insights you might not have had previously. If, in the end, you decide it’s time to go, exit with grace and gratitude for this chapter of your life and all of the learnings it provided.

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Special thanks

Big thanks to Robbie AbedErin Van Der Meer for some of the questions provided, my friend Stephanie Ciccone-Nascimento for the inspiration to think bigger, and thanks to my personal coach Julia Tolstunova for holding space for me and championing me.

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