Ever heard a child ask, “why?” and the response be, “because.” That answer is then usually followed with a, “because why?” As children we were obsessed with ⏤ The Why. Why, is an inquisitive child’s favorite word. Why, is the simplest question. Why, is the greatest understanding. Why, is the reasoning behind everything, yet we seem to covet the because. The because, is easy. The because, is the quickest way to avoid the reality. Well, we’re going to change that. Why? Because, it’s time to shift our focus and our reasoning from the “because” to the “why.”
How often have you heard, or even said yourself that something is the way it is because… That person reads so much because they’re smart. That person is successful because they have money. Or, one of my personal favorites, that person can lift that kind of weight because they are strong. I could go on and on with these types of statements. What if you looked at those things with the why at the forefront? Change the answer. Flip the reasoning to the question, the because to the why. That first statement would imply that the question is, “why does that person read so much?” with the answer being, “because they are smart.” Reframe the reasoning to the question. That person reading so much is why they’re smart. That person’s success is why they have money, and of course, lifting that kind of weight is why that person is strong. Pretty simple right? This may all seem pretty obvious too. Nothing really profound going on here this morning, but let me explain why this is so important.
Growth vs. Fixed. This isn’t the first time you’ve you heard me discuss this, unless it’s your first time here, and rest assured there will be more. Mindsets: Growth and Fixed. The why and the because may seem harmless but they are in direct correlation with the type of mindset you have or the one you’re trying to create. When we turn to the because rationale of thinking, we are affirming those particular traits are fixed and inherent. We are confirming within ourselves that those things we see are only available to those who possess those qualities. Success only comes to those with money. Reading and attaining a wealth of knowledge, only comes to those with intelligence. Strength and fitness only comes to those who are so genetically inclined. We view things through the lens of the because and not the why. It’s just another step in the direction of limiting beliefs and behaviors. That thought process isn’t priming you for failure. It is priming you to never even try. Why should you? You don’t have those qualities. So, why? Your answer will most likely be “Because… “
Believe in the “WHY!” Why, is the path to growth. Why, will change your outlook… change your mind.