It’s not as simple as asking questions, investigating is more like hunting down the truth that doesn’t want to be found. When we apply this perspective to our own personal insights it has a catalytic factor to our ability to understand the implications beneath the obvious. We find the connections between the apparent details and the potential meanings. Investigating your own nature and inner workings will test your objectivity on the good days, and potentially unsettle you on difficult days.
We all have those people in our lives that absolutely refuse to investigate themselves. Ironically, they often find it compelling to investigate the people around them, when turning that drive inward would yield so much for them. There are things I often learn best by observing what “not” to do, and this is one of them. Consider those, who choose not to turn their investigative energies inward, they all seem to be looking for some outward explanation for the events in their life. It may be the actions of others, or politics, or any other convenient excuse. These outward elements of life offer an easy scapegoat for the person that refuses to investigate themselves and how their nature and choices lead them to the place they are in life. There will always be many uncontrollable factors in our lives, but the most powerful person you can influence is yourself. Consider your perspective on self-investigation beyond the easy questions.
What grabs your interest and makes you want to get to the bottom of them like a relentless blood hound tracking a scent? What part of your life or aspect of the world makes you want to know more and research?
Some of you are scientists or legal professionals. If that’s the case, you spend much of your time investigating things. Investigating is a great skill that will always serve you well. Parents are usually good investigators. You’re investigating by reading this book and I hope you continue to do so. People who have an inquisitive nature keep their minds young, which helps to round out their skills and abilities through their entire life. If you don’t currently have a project to investigate, then find one. Flex that mental muscle.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming retreats.