The Why Before the How: Why It's Important to Connect the Dots

Posted on : 20 Sep, 09:00 AM

In my boxing class yesterday, I was so exhausted I could barely walk. But to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and appreciated the coach's approach. Later, as I sat at my desk in the office, I found myself analyzing why I enjoyed the coach's teaching style. I soon realized that the coach not only showed us how to perform a move but also explained why it was important.

This got me thinking about my high school experience. I wasn't very interested in school and only just managed to graduate. Looking back, I realized that my teachers failed to connect the dots for us. They didn't explain how Math, Chemistry, or Literature would benefit us in our lives or help us achieve our goals.

 

What Happens When We Connect with The Why

 

Building Passion 

We become more passionate about the task at hand because we understand the results it will yield. We can visualize where it will take us and how it will help us get there. For example, in my case, I could visualize myself becoming the next heavyweight boxing champion of the world in the 70+ category. 

  Encouraging Creativity and Innovation

Explaining the Why gives the recipient the space to create their own How. They may have a better approach to reach the same goal, or at least know why their new approach will not lead them to the objectives (Why). Also, the Why gives us positive energy and drive, knowing that we are not doing a task without believing in it. We become advocates for it, and that builds a team. 


Provides Clarity and Focus

When we understand the WHY behind a task or goal, we can decide on the priority of the task because we now know the importance of the task. We can see how the task or goal fits into the bigger picture, and we can better understand what needs to be done to achieve it. This clarity helps us prioritize our efforts and focus on what's most important.

 

Have you found yourself going through the motions, completing tasks without really understanding the purpose behind them? Or are you struggling to find the motivation to complete a task because you didn't understand its significance? If so, you're not alone. Maybe you are missing the Why. Understanding the WHY behind a task or goal is crucial. It provides clarity and motivation, and it allows us to create our own path to success.  


In conclusion, as a coach, teacher, or mentor, connecting the Why with the How can make all the difference in inspiring and motivating others. And as a student or learner, asking Why can be a powerful tool in understanding and mastering a subject. So next time you're faced with a task or challenge, remember to ask Why first, and then figure out How to achieve it. 

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The Why Before the How: Why It's Important to Connect the Dots

Posted on : 20 Sep, 09:00 AM

In my boxing class yesterday, I was so exhausted I could barely walk. But to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and appreciated the coach's approach. Later, as I sat at my desk in the office, I found myself analyzing why I enjoyed the coach's teaching style. I soon realized that the coach not only showed us how to perform a move but also explained why it was important.

This got me thinking about my high school experience. I wasn't very interested in school and only just managed to graduate. Looking back, I realized that my teachers failed to connect the dots for us. They didn't explain how Math, Chemistry, or Literature would benefit us in our lives or help us achieve our goals.

 

What Happens When We Connect with The Why

 

Building Passion 

We become more passionate about the task at hand because we understand the results it will yield. We can visualize where it will take us and how it will help us get there. For example, in my case, I could visualize myself becoming the next heavyweight boxing champion of the world in the 70+ category. 

  Encouraging Creativity and Innovation

Explaining the Why gives the recipient the space to create their own How. They may have a better approach to reach the same goal, or at least know why their new approach will not lead them to the objectives (Why). Also, the Why gives us positive energy and drive, knowing that we are not doing a task without believing in it. We become advocates for it, and that builds a team. 


Provides Clarity and Focus

When we understand the WHY behind a task or goal, we can decide on the priority of the task because we now know the importance of the task. We can see how the task or goal fits into the bigger picture, and we can better understand what needs to be done to achieve it. This clarity helps us prioritize our efforts and focus on what's most important.

 

Have you found yourself going through the motions, completing tasks without really understanding the purpose behind them? Or are you struggling to find the motivation to complete a task because you didn't understand its significance? If so, you're not alone. Maybe you are missing the Why. Understanding the WHY behind a task or goal is crucial. It provides clarity and motivation, and it allows us to create our own path to success.  


In conclusion, as a coach, teacher, or mentor, connecting the Why with the How can make all the difference in inspiring and motivating others. And as a student or learner, asking Why can be a powerful tool in understanding and mastering a subject. So next time you're faced with a task or challenge, remember to ask Why first, and then figure out How to achieve it. 

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