The 5 Whys

The 5 Whys

Over the last couple of years I’ve walked through this exercise a number of times as I’ve made new decisions for my life.

It helps to dive deeper into reasons for change.

It’s a simple tool originally used by Toyota that really helps understand what the motivations and underlying values are in a desired change. There is no right or wrong answer here.

So you state your goal and then follow up with the question “Why” five times.

As an example:

What do you want to accomplish?

I want to lose 30 pounds.

  • Why do you want to lose 30 pounds?

Because I want to fit into the smaller jeans in my closet.

  • Why do you want to fit into the small jeans?

Because I don’t like how I feel, and I’ll feel good if I can fit into those jeans.

  • Why will fitting into the jeans make you feel good?

Because I’ll feel like I’m in control of the choices in my life instead of feeling like I’m spiraling out of control.

  • Why do you want to be in control of the choices in your life?

Because I’ve always been on top of things and my self-confidence is really low right now.

  • Why is a high self-confidence important to you?

Because I can go after what want, not care what others think, and feel like I can manage the stress in my life.

Wow…that’s a lot of information in just a short time!

We hear similar stories all of the time as client drive into their values.

It’s not just about losing fat, it’s about regaining the harmony between actions and values.

Between YOUR actions and values.

I shared an exercise about values several months ago, but never shared this additional tool you can use for any big decision in your life.

When you’ve found your ‘Why’ for nutrition-related changes…please reach out to us. We’ll help you with those changes!

 

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