Yesterday I listened to a podcast by Josh Waitzkin, master learner and coach to high-performers. He linked performance and effectiveness to the idea of focusing constantly on asking the “MIQ” or the
“Most Important Question”
He demands that his trainees and clients ask this question constantly – what is the most important question to answer in order to achieve success?
Not a new theme. It is very much in line with Stephen Covey´s third concept from “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” where he in fact asks two questions:-
1. What one thing could you do (you aren’t doing now) that if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference on your personal life?
2. What one thing in your business or professional life would bring similar results?
What I like about Josh´s approach is that he suggests we close each day last thing at night with this question and open each day with the idea, tapping into our unconscious mind to provide our answer.
In a world of distractions, focusing on the most important thing is the ONLY important thing we can do.
So, what is your “MIQ”?