Youâ€™ve heard it before, right?
The â€˜whyâ€™ vs. â€˜why notâ€™ mentality. I’ll briefly explain; there are the people who are too busy asking â€˜why?â€™, they never do anything, and then there are the people who donâ€™t give a crap and just go for it…and say â€˜why not?â€™.
Everyone wants to be the â€˜why not?â€™ guy, but most people are, in fact, the â€˜why?â€™ guy. Iâ€™ll tell you upfront this isnâ€™t some feel-good post that is telling to be the â€˜why not?â€™ guy. This is not some random article telling you to swing for the fences, or to shoot for the stars.
Iâ€™m afraid if I told you to swing for the fencesâ€¦youâ€™d miss. It is the guy who practiced his swing for hours on end everyday, who, when given the opportunity to swing for the fences, and doesâ€¦he knocks it out of the freaking park.
If I told you to shoot for the starsâ€¦youâ€™d probably, at best, make it to your rooftop. It is the girl who studied her butt off, got the doctoral degree that landed her the job with NASAâ€¦and now, no crap, she sits on a space station as close to a star as you can get.
So I say, donâ€™t be a â€˜why?â€™ or â€˜why not?â€™ guy.Â I say, donâ€™t pick! Actually, I say be both!
Have you ever decided you were going to follow a specific program, but then you started to analyze every aspect of it so much, that you donâ€™t end up following anything?
Or, have you jumped head first into a program, with little understanding of the full program, so you do not end up completing all of it?
I am guilty of both. As a coach and programmer, I will often program for myself, then I start to over-analyze my programming in the middle of a workoutâ€¦am I getting enough XYZ? Did I take this into account? What if I add this?
Itâ€™s a plague reallyâ€¦
But, I have also done the otherâ€¦I have been so ready to try something new that I jump in head first. Little did I know I donâ€™t really like the program, I donâ€™t agree with the programming or how it worksâ€¦and I am in week 2 of 13â€¦
Really, all this does, is leave me with 70% of the results I could have achieved if I would have, in either case, just shut up and done the work.
Things donâ€™t need to be perfect, they just need to be done.
Thatâ€™s why I try to be the â€˜why?â€™ AND â€˜why not?â€™ guy.
Understanding the ‘Why?’
Why is an extremely important question. Thatâ€™s why, no pun intended, I hate it when people say they want to be a â€˜why not?â€™ type of person.
Why is only a problem when you get so caught up in making a the perfect decision that you become paralyzed and do, well, nothing at all. ‘Why’ is that smart version of you that asks, in a realist type of way, â€˜why should I do this?â€™.
They why is important. You have to understand the why in itâ€™s entirety before you can get to the how.
Why leads toâ€¦
- Intrinsic Commitment
So, I askâ€¦Why not ask why?Â Did I just blow your mind?
Asking â€˜Why?â€™ changes the status quo. Asking â€˜Why?â€™ leads to change. Americans asked â€˜Why are we paying these ridiculous taxes to a county an ocean away?â€™. Martin Luther King Jr. asked â€˜Why are people treated differently based solely on their skin color?â€™.
What if these people had just been likeâ€¦ ‘Screw it, why not!?â€™, and changed nothing.
I think you get the pointâ€¦Ask why!!
Next, ask, â€˜Why not?â€™
Becoming the â€˜Why not?â€™
Alright, youâ€™ve asked â€˜why?â€™, youâ€™ve done your analysis and you have practiced. Now, it is time to say â€˜Why not?â€™.
Things donâ€™t need to be perfect for you to start something. You will never be 100% sure, you cannot become an expert without application. It is time to move, it is time to act and it is time to ask â€˜Why not?â€™.
See, the problem with â€˜why?â€™ is trying to get to that 100% conclusion. Donâ€™t do that! Get things to about 80% certainty, then act!
You NEED the â€˜why not?â€™ side of your life. The â€˜why not?â€™ leads us to bungee jumping, skydiving, entrepreneurship, new adventures and getting out of our comfort zones.
Get the â€˜why?’ to a murky clarity, then say screw it, â€˜why not!?’
How does this apply to you??
Iâ€™m glad you asked!
Here is the problem when it comes to diet and fitness.
- Why-ers are trying to find the perfect program, the perfect diet, but they donâ€™t realize it doesnâ€™t exist. So they doâ€¦nothing.
- Why-not-ers don’t spend enough time understanding what they are doing. They have no problem starting a workout program or diet, but they never finish them. They have no reason to – they donâ€™t understand â€˜whyâ€™.
So you have to strike a balance. Why-ers, get your â€˜perfect planâ€™ to 80% and DO SOMETHING!! Why-not-ers, slow down before you do anything; UNDERSTAND why you should and how you should – it will benefit you in the long run.
Become the why-why-not-er!! And start getting things done; and done in their entirety!
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