What is the “magic question?”
“People do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future,” says leadership guru John Maxwell.
To experience better results and a better life, we are wise to focus on our habits, philosopher Brian Johnson tells us. Creating better habits involves answering five questions: who, what, why, how, and when.
Today we focus on… WHY.
Why is the magic question.
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how,” Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote.
Answering why taps into our deepest reserves as human beings.
Why is it important to me?
Why am I fired up about this goal?
We want to be clear. We want to be specific. We want to make our why concrete.
Because when we do the right thing, we feel great.
Heaven and hell are not way off in the future, Brian tells us. We experience heaven when we are connected to the divine within us. Hell is when we don’t.
Asking why provides a path forward.
Reflection: Who do I want to be with my one wild, precious life? Why is it so important to me?
Action: Journal about the specific benefits to me of starting a new habit or stopping a current, unproductive one.