Perhaps the Most Important Question

It is a question that most of us have annoyed our parents with when we were two or three years old. And yes, it can be one of the most annoying questions there is available. I will also suggest that it is the most important. The question is “Why?”


The reason that why is so important is that it allows us to gage the importance of anything we do and if we are honest… if we are stupid for doing something or not doing something. If we do not have a good answer to the why, then I will suggest that the rest of the questions, how, what, when, where, and who are meaningless.

This relates to almost any area in life. Two of the most important areas it relates to are goal setting and budgeting. Why do you live where you live? Why do you spend your time the way you do? Why do you eat what you eat?

There is a danger of getting caught into doing something simply because it is easy or because other people around you are doing something. But are these things truly what you value? Do you enjoy the results you are getting? If the answer is yes, I love what I am doing and the results that are coming from it, then fine. If the answer is no, perhaps you need to rethink some things. More importantly, are you taking different actions. After all there is a saying that the definition of insanity is doing what you have always done but expecting different results.

Don’t be insane.

Ask why you do things that you do. Or better yet, have someone you trust or someone who is objective ask you. Answer honestly and fearlessly. Through acknowledgment of the current situation you have a far better chance to change and hopefully to improve. Why would you want to improve? With that question I will answer it with another.

Why not?


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