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Sustaining the Journey

Posing Mediative Questions—Positive Presuppositions

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July 23, 2018

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” —Eugene Ionesco

In your Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar and/or your Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar®, you learned that questions can transform thinking. The skillfulness with which you pose questions can be the key to inviting more complex thinking.

The fourth element of an invitational question is positive presuppositions. Positive presuppositions are very subtle, yet have an uncanny effect on the brain. When a person hears that they are capable, they move toward that expectation with intention. When hearing the question, “What evidence might you seek that will let you know you are successful?” the thinker perceives that they will be successful and that they will be able to confirm their success with evidence.

This week make a commitment to yourself to consciously add positive presuppositions to your questions. Pause occasionally and ponder your success. In what ways are you consciously growing your skills? (Did you see what I just did there? ).

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