“If man has a strong enough why, he will find a how” – Victor E. Frankl
The Value of Thinking About Why
Here are just some of the benefits of asking why:
- It defines success.
- It creates decision-making criteria.
- It aligns resources.
- It motivates.
- It clarifies focus.
- It expands options.
People love to win. If you’re not totally clear about the purpose of what you’re doing, you have no game to win. – David Allen
When you set a goal or undertake any endeavor, ask yourself: why? If you are serious about a goal, ask yourself: why 5-times (like a “HAZOP analysis, you can add “Why” + “Because” at least 5 times to drill down your true purpose)
Example: Goal for this year is to read 30 books.
- Why: I love to read
- Why (do you love to read?): Because it makes me grow as a person and I have always wanted to read more
- Why (do you want to grow more and read more?) : Because I feel that I can and want to learn more so that I become better?
- Why (do you want to become better?): Because I feel that is my duty and purpose as a human, to strive to improve myself.
- Why (do you want to improve yourself?): Because I feel happy
Or simply add 5 independent “Whys” to this goal
Do you know your why? Do you believe that knowing your why is important?
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