Why You Should Focus on the Why Not the How - Success Secret

in #life2 months ago

"Why do you read?" is a question I hear many times from new readers. One way to keep your readers interested in your writing is to focus on the why. The why is so important because it helps you to answer the question, "What's in it for me?" without having to answer the why. The focus on the why helps you find more ways to use the information you have learned in your studies and experiments.


There are many reasons people read a book. Some of them revolve around their goals, some of them are instructional. Most, however, are there to learn. They want to know what happened, why it happened, or how they can make it happen again. By focusing on the why rather than the what, you can provide them with the answers they're looking for and you don't have to get stuck in the "what" part of the question.

One of the biggest questions a writer can face is: Why am I writing this? Is it to share my knowledge or to entertain? By asking yourself these questions and focusing on the why, you'll be able to focus on the "what" part of the question. You'll be able to answer it accurately and effectively.

As a writer, I had a question in my mind for years. "What am I trying to accomplish with this story?" I finally realized that I was only answering the question, "Why am I writing this?" by not focusing on the why not the what.

I'm going to give you two examples that help me to focus on the why of why not the what. The first example is that a child asked me a very simple question: "Why do you want to be a doctor?" I realized that I didn't really know the answer because I couldn't answer it. After a moment I realized that I had to find out what a child wants. Then I would give him an answer based on that. I usually do this with children because their thirst for knowledge is so great that it's almost instant.

The second example is a simple problem that almost anyone can solve. I always ask myself the same question. "Why am I stressed?" Sometimes I can give a good answer by finding the root cause and treating that root cause. But in most cases I have to focus on the why: stress.

Once I found out that I could answer the question, "Why am I stressed," the next step is to focus on the "why" and figure out how to relieve or eliminate the stress. And once I learned that by thinking about the "why" I could relieve myself of the stress by figuring out the "why," it was easy to focus on the "why" rather than the "what." It is an interesting process to follow, but I'll save that for another time.

At the heart of my philosophy is the belief that life has its own purpose and that my life has meaning. When I started focusing on the "why" I understood that I could make a difference by helping to define that meaning for other people. My friends and family have benefited from that. What I have done is given them a reason to live. In short, by learning to focus on the why of life rather than the what, I gave my life meaning.

It was that understanding which led me to start focusing on the "why" and to discover why some situations were more likely to happen than others. What that ultimately led to was figuring out how to eliminate fear of uncertainty (the root cause of fear) and focus on the how instead of the what. This led me on my journey toward becoming the master of my fear. And why not, once you discover the why it is easy to remove fear of the unknown by knowing the why.

In our modern world many people focus on the why of events rather than the how they will affect us. When something bad happens it is natural to wonder what went wrong and what can be done to prevent it. But by examining why the event happened in the first place you can stop worrying about the outcome and focus on the why. For example: If your child throws a tantrum every time you leave the house it is logical to ask why they are so upset each time. Once you discover their reasons for being angry you can begin to deal with them accordingly and not through anger yourself.

By focusing on the why of an event you can in most cases, reduce or completely eliminate most negative outcomes. For example: If you throw a tantrum every time you go to work it is logical to ask yourself why you do this. Then, if you discover that it is because you miss your kid's first ballgame you know how to deal with the situation when it happens again. By learning to focus on the why of an event instead of the how you have mastered control over the situation and have learned how to make simple changes that eliminate negative events from happening.

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