Why? It is one of the most important questions that we can ask ourselves. So often we get stuck on the “Who?” and the “How?” that we never get to focus on the “Why?”. Why we do something is so important; whether we are looking back or looking forward, our motive for action needs to be looked at.
If we are looking back and asking “Why?” the question can not be “Why me?” that keeps the focus on a victim mentality. Rather our questions should be, “Why did that happen?” Look at the factors that lead up to an event or choice. This can help to determine why things turned out the way they did. Was there enough information before a choice was made? If not, why didn’t I have all the information that was needed for a good decision? Was there faulty logic at work filtering the information that could have led to a good outcome? Why did I make the choices I did? These questions can’t change the outcome, but they help prevent the same type of mistakes in the future if we answer honestly.
If looking forward to action that we should take, “Why am I making the choices I am making?” is the question to ask. The why behind my motivation can help determine if I am doing things for the right reason. If my motivation is not pure, then regardless of what I accomplish or chose, I will at some point regret it. If my motivation is lacking, I will have a hard time staying committed during difficult seasons. I might not see it through to completion.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on Focus with prompts by #FMFParty. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day. Five Minute Fridays provides prompts and encouragers writers to free write for five minutes on the prompt.