Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Power of "WHAT"

Sometimes the question "Why" is a good one.

Why can't we live in a more peaceful world?

Why did I eat *all* those cookies?

Why don't we call mustaches "mouthbrows"?

But there are times, especially during a crisis, when "Why" is not the best question to ask oneself.

In my work, I always feel that "What" helps to move you out of a difficult moment.

What has a directionality. Why keeps one stuck in circular thinking.

What offers solutions. Why offers no game plan.

So, the next time you find yourself in a bad place, experiencing a difficult moment or overwhelmed with so much, ask yourself, "What can I do to make things better? not "Why is this happening to me?

Once the crisis is over you can search for the psychological or behavioral "Why".

Hat tip: Queen