The Cheapskate Question


Have you ever noticed that there’s a question behind most everything you do?

The decisions you make. The actions you take. Even the feelings you live with every day.
And you probably don’t even realize what those questions are.

Here’s an example of what I mean.

macbook-proI realized a few months ago it was time to get a new computer. I’ve had the same little Mac laptop for about 6 years and not only was the hard drive completely full (as in I literally had to erase a file to save something else), but I’d also noticed that for the 8-10 hours a day I’m usually on the computer, I was leaning forward and down to be able to read that little screen, which is not so great for my body.
Those kinds of habits add up and probably explain the knots in my shoulders in my otherwise low-stress life.

So I started looking online for a new computer. What I didn’t realize was that my “guiding question,” the question underneath the action I was taking was “how little can I spend?”

Not a great question.

Sure price is one of the considerations, but if it’s the main question and I only succeed in spending the least possible, I miss a lot of other possibilities.


So, once I realized that my guiding question was pretty lame, I replaced it with questions like;

“what computer would support me in doing my best work?”
“what do I really want?”
“what’s my ideal budget?”
“is there such a thing as ‘too big’?”

And check this out. On the very same day I asked these questions, I found a gorgeous 27″ (yes, think movie screen) iMac, that was souped up with all kinds of extras for video and audio production (something I’ll be doing a lot of this year) for the same price I was ready to pay for a new computer.

Talk about a game changer!

I really don’t think I would have been open to this way better possibility and had the clarity to make a quick decision if I hadn’t asked my “better questions.”

I’m happy to say I no longer think there’s such a thing as a computer screen that’s too big. : )

ALL the Inquiry Cards have better questions that can be used in those moments when you feel like a cheapskate.

Give yourself the gift of a better question and draw an Inquiry Card.