#03 What is the DFQ?

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Albert Einstein:

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that men and women are here for the sake of each other–above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

DFQ #03 (Post your comment below):

Why is the DFQ method so effective? Discuss in a paragraph of around 25 words what you think is the main benefit of the DFQ training strategy?

2,834 thoughts on “#03 What is the DFQ?

  1. I haven’t really thought about this in such simple terms before. Perhaps to nurture and support my family to be the best they can and to be the person they can trust no matter what?

  2. To make a positive difference in the lives of the people around me – whether that’s big or small is irrelevant. How large my circle of influence is, is also irrelevant. What is relevant is that those who are in my life are better off in some small way because of my presence. If I’m not adding value then I shouldn’t be there. Simple.

  3. The toughest question of them all – Because the desire to live is greater than the desire to not exist. A critically injured animal will desire to live until they can’t no more, we are not dissimilar. This desire is why everyone and everything is here, the way you chose to live and how you justify this to yourself or others is the decision of the individual.

  4. I believe that we are all here for a reason and this is determined before we are born, however how we reach that destination and how long our journey is depends on our own life choices, and what fork in the road we choose to take. We are all here to help others grow and become the best that they can possibly become and in doing so we become the best version of ourselves.

  5. Fourteen billion [Earth years] ago, the universe began and in the sequence of innumerable events since, my birth was but one. Why this happened, I haven’t a clue. It may well be that there is no “why”.
    To discover myself – to be self-aware – is a strangeness indeed.
    And then to wonder why “here”… Could my existence have arisen elsewhere?
    My understanding of the situation – even the very ability to “think” about it – is certainly “based on the labors of other men, living and dead”.

  6. I didn’t choose life, it chose me. I became “me” by what may parents chose. Eventually I got to realizing I could choose to choose. A pattern formed; choice, change, or no change……I keep making choices. I’m here to learn and I choose to share what I can to help others make choices.

  7. interesting question… I really don’t know the answer yet but I guess I am here to see and experience this world, be part of it and better it in someway if I can.

  8. We all must contribute in our own small way, recognizing that we part of a long chain of events. Hopefully DFQ will help me move my thoughts outside the box.

  9. To me a DFQ is related to Time Spent Thinking. i.e I get a DFQ, I am forced to think, then I write my thoughts down. Each time I think, I get better at it. Much of the time we think we are thinking, but we are actually just following our already set neural patterns, or copying others, which is not thinking. A DFQ asks a question that has no right or wrong answer. I can’t look the answer up on Google. I have to actually think. Therefore I gain skill in thinking. That is the benefit.

  10. Habits can create efficiency but they can also hinder the progress to a better way of living. Our way of thinking is a habit. DFQs are designed to create a habit, but a habit which challenges our existing habits.

  11. The DFQ method helps keep the momentum of thinking , applying appropriate stress daily which leads to brain muscle development ! . Once the brain muscle is developed anyone pursing DFQ becomes a master of lateral thinking.

  12. Daily practice creates routine and habits of doing things in a certain manner. When we are starting out we may not have a very structured way of dealing with problems. However, with practice and diligence you can learn to approach problems systematically and logically. Instead of life just happening to us and reacting to it we become “responsible”. We become a creator and participant in the events shaping our lives. We learn to respond intentionally instead of reacting habitually. We make small incremental BVS changes that lead us to a better future.

  13. DFQs extended my ability to being able to re-arrange my daily major actions in practical manner ….DFQs is a simple mental device for generating ideas .

  14. The DFQ system works because you have to think about the concept and the theme behind the lesson each day. I can be lazy and procrastinate, as I am sure many do. I find the DFQ is simple and 5-10 minutes a day is sufficient to help me think differently each day.

  15. Practice makes perfect. Everything in life takes effort, but the DFQ is bite sized enough that the daily effort is minimal, and therefore not something to be feared. This “forced” daily routine will become a habit that will hopefully enable subconscious utilisation of lateral thinking.

  16. Already the DFQ is reinforcing routine and practice. the 5 minute DFQ is promoting further thinking throughout the day and allows me to look at problem solving in different ways.

  17. The DFQ is (or should be) effective because it builds skill by repetition. When I do a DFQ on a daily basis, I do something – thinking, writing, reacting, composing, directing my attention – on a daily basis. Part of thinking is the skill of directing attention. In a world where there is so much distraction, where there are just too many things calling for one’s attention, DFQ builds the skill of focus and attention. DFQ also builds commitment. It is akin to an underground pipe which one enters and cannot get out except at the end.

  18. First of all, echoing the words of Albert Einstein, I can not resist the pleasure of quoting a sentence whose value I have largely experienced and which I regret not knowing the author: “If you are innocent of the head you have, you are responsible for the mouth you make. ”
    As for the DFQ, it brings discipline, develops the ability to focus while mastering time, in short, rigor and concentration.

    Tout d’abord, en écho aux propos d’Albert Einstein, je ne résiste pas au plaisir de citer une phrase dont j’ai largement éprouvé la valeur et dont je regrette de ne pas connaître l’auteur : “Si vous êtes innocent de la tête que vous avez, vous êtes responsable de la gueule que vous faîtes.”
    Pour ce qui est du DFQ, il apporte une discipline, développe la capacité à se focaliser tout en maîtrisant le temps, en bref, rigueur et concentration.

  19. The DFQ is a moment in time when I remove myself from the noise of life and focus on one particular question. It’s a bit like a cone of silence. It forces me to shut out distractions and look inside. By doing this everyday it is building up a habit of thinking behaviour.

  20. DFQ is effective as I move my soul out of the body shell and look at my body… and then think…
    a short period in the day… where I get to separate soul from body and think.

  21. DFQ is different from forms of training I have experienced in the past and methods I have used to teach my students. The regular nudges and questions are different from a traditional “thought for the day” where the originality lies with the writer and the reader passively receives the concept. Sometimes a “thought for the day” will resonate briefly but a good DFQ can stimulate ongoing thinking for much longer. Compare hitting a basic marimba with ringing a bell. The note is clearer and the vibration persists for much longer.

  22. D. I am trying to change my thinking. A critical success factor is that I start thinking differently on a daily basis to make this change..
    F. I need to take some concrete action and provide feedback.
    Q. Thinking often starts with a question.

  23. I use to say one day my thinking is going to increase more and more,thank God for the SOT which brought about thinking as a course of study.

  24. For me, the daily aspect is really important and useful. Its too easy to put off things till later; and thinking isnt even given the staus of a thing in its own right often. Being asked a question helps bring it into focus as a thing that requires attention. And the daily part is a useful “stick” to add to the “carrot” lest I fall behind too far!

  25. As one gets older, it becomes apparent that we are all here for a purpose. The question becomes, what will the world be like once I am not longer here? Did I affect the globe in one form or another. We are only here for a short time so what will be the stamp or footprint that we will leave for the children of today….

  26. I think the main benefit of the DFQ strategy will be the practice and habit forming aspects of repeating the same (or similar) task each day. The consistent practice will hopefully help me improve, while the habit forming will hopefully help me actually use the skills I’m learning.

  27. I see the main benefit as consciously thinking about thinking habits each day makes one form a habit to think with purpose and reason, and to analyse why or how this is beneficial, or how it could be beneficial. Making awareness of thought a formed habit can only lead to more interesting and more considered thought patterns, right?

  28. I am trying to change my pattern/habit of thinking. Therefore I need to:
    1. think DAILY if I am going to change this pattern
    2. do something specific and provide FEEDBACK
    3, answer a QUESTION because thinking often starts with a question.

  29. a question about a question – i like it. its a good habit to reflect on your behaviour and approach to things, not always jumping in and acting to form, these 15 mins help me reconsider me and maybe do a bit of re-engineering 🙂

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