Snatch 9-7-5-3-1-1-1″For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?” – James Allen (thanks T.C. for posting this on Facebook yesterday!)
Is asking, “Why” always necessary or productive? Does knowing the answer to that question rob you from an experience you need to have without necessarily knowing why? Or how about this… if you ask why, and don’t get/know/understand the answer, do you stop, quit, and/or shut down, or do you continue down this line of questioning… Why not? Why not me? Why not now? If you do, does it inspire you to get or keep going, that there is no reason not to? And if your answer is, “It depends…”, what does it depend on?
If you seek out a teacher/coach/mentor and ask him/her to teach you how to do something… and he/she gives you something to do that you don’t understand… do you ask, “Why?” Why? If you trust that person to teach you – why is it important that you know why? In the first clip below from the Karate Kid (one of my favorite movies of all time), what would have happened if Daniel-son quit because he didn’t get an answer to all the questions, bells and whistles going off in his head when Mr. Miyagi tells him to wax the car, sand the floor, and paint the fence? Do you get stopped when someone can’t or won’t answer that question for you?
Have a little faith… sometimes asking “Why not?” might be a better place to start… Enjoy the clips!