How Often Do You Ask “Why?”

Post written by Mic Johnson, talking about routinely asking yourself WHY? when it comes to your personal and professional lives

WHY

The image above is from my LinkedIn Summary.

I’m someone who routinely asks “Why?” in my personal and professional lives.

I do it because I’m passionately interested in finding the best answers to the problems and challenges that are inevitable in life and business. I do it because I’m voracious about creating clarity.

It’s almost like a question mark is permanently placed on my shoulder, making sure that I’m being true to myself, my values, my relationships, and my life.

It’s one of the ways I hold myself accountable. More importantly, I believe understanding the WHY’s in life is critical to continuing down the path to happiness.

Here are several questions for you to consider. I encourage you to take a few minutes to answer the ones that apply to you honestly.

I’ve asked myself many of these over the years, or have had conversations with others about them. The answers are often revealing and can lead to dramatic changes in your life.

The WHY Test

Why do you do what you do for a living?

If you don’t like what you do, why don’t you do something different?

Why are people at your company happy?

Why are people at your company unhappy?

Why do you hang around people who give you energy?

Why do you hang around people who drain your energy?

Why are you happy in your marriage/relationship?

Why are you unhappy in your marriage/relationship?

Why do you stress about things that never come to pass?

Why don’t you make time for yourself?

Why is your schedule so busy?

Why don’t you exercise?

Why do you think you can’t do it (whatever IT is)?

Why is your email inbox your enemy?

Why don’t you take calculated risks?

Why are you afraid of stepping outside your comfort zone?

Why don’t you have more meaningful conversations?

Why do you spend so much time worrying about what other people think of you?

Why do you think you need a bigger house?

Why do you think you need to buy more stuff?

Why do you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results?

Why are you happy?

Why are you unhappy?

I’m sure you can think of other WHY? questions that pertain to your life and career. I hope you make asking WHY? a regular practice. I mean…

Why wouldn’t you?

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