One of the steps people have to complete in order to participate in my blind date column at The New York Post is a questionnaire.
The original questionnaire I inherited when I took this over was 40-questions and eople always told me the same thing: “Forty questions is a lot.” I know. If the person didn’t over-think their answers, they would see it’s a fun way to get to know themselves.
Hypothetical questions help you learn more about another person’s personality, as well as their ideal state of the world.
Since many of these questions might evoke longer responses, they are better suited for one-on-one conversations or smaller group discussions.
On the old questionnaire, one of the first questions was simply, “Describe yourself…” Most people who get that question will be stuck, not because it’s a difficult question to answer, but it’s complicated.
People don’t want to come off as too simple nor do they want to present themselves as complicated, so a question like that (which I know, it isn’t really a question) only begs for more questions.
So yeah, I changed up the phrasing and I moved it down to near the end of the questionnaire.
Does he want to make a difference in the world for Christ? Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Is he willing to postpone immediate gratification so that greater satisfaction can come in the future?
Does he live out the biblical teaching that sacrifice and struggle often are necessary to achieve greater long-term goals?