Lumen Sivitz

Innovator with broad experience in recruiting

Five Questions Framework

June 21, 2023

Five Questions Framework - A Direction Finder

I developed the Five Questions Framework as a way to find direction and achieve goals by using what you don’t know. It’s part self-exploration, part manifestation, and three parts curiosity.

Step 1: Channel five desires into a HOW question format

Your HOW questions probably start with “How can I…?” and finish with a desire you have. It’s worth spending time - maybe even days or weeks! - to brainstorm these if they don’t come easily. But don’t forget that you can change them at any time, so don’t feel locked in either; it’s just an exercise.

Step 2: Make the 5 W’s version of each question (Who, What, When, Where, Why)

  • Who can help me?
  • What will help me?
  • When do I want to put effort towards this goal?
  • Where will I work towards this goal?
  • Why is this important to me?

Step 3: Do your best to answer the 5 W’s questions

Partial answers are OK, so are new questions that arise from the attempts to answer. The goal is to allow your curiosity to guide you.

Finishing Ok, here’s the trick: you have to look at the questions you’ve developed. Let the answers rattle around your brain, but post your questions somewhere you’ll be able to reread them regularly. The answers will change until the questions cease to be unknowns and become knowns and a part of who you are. Enjoy the ride.


Lumen’s Questions (Example)

  • How can I improve the strength and mobility of my lower body, specifically my feet, ankles, and hips?
  • How can I make my business more profitable and sustainable?
  • How can I start making more music?
  • How can I get into a productive zone earlier in the day?
  • How can I become a more accepting person?