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It's Not What You Do, It's Why

Updated on July 1, 2012

About What and Why

We do, do, do , do , do......always looking for an end result. We never do anything without an end result in mind. Doing is our what, the end result is the why. A what is a tangible thing that can be seen, or touched and can be proven that something was or was not done. A why is intangible, it is unseen, untouchable and unproven. A what, is what it is and generally cannot be changed. A why is fluid and can change constantly.

Doing the What

The tangible bow with action of pulling back to release and send the arrow flying through the air.
The tangible bow with action of pulling back to release and send the arrow flying through the air.

Doing The What

Things people tend to do on a regular basis: Go to work, build things, pay bills, have relationships, get married, get divorced, have children, eat, vacation, go on the internet, read, write, talk, fish, garden, go to the Doctor, go to church, buy things, sell things, fix things, make things, walk, run, exercise, meditate.

These are all examples of doing, these are all considered whats. They are things that can be seen, touched or quantified by a direct measure of proof. Sometimes not doing is another form of doing. For example: Not going to work, not paying bills, not getting married, not getting divorced, not going to the Doctor, not going to church, not fixing things, not buying, selling, running, walking, running exercising or meditating.

Whether it is something done or something not done, anything tangible that can be seen for what it is or is not and can be proven is considered a what.

The reason, the cause, the purpose

The why for the what.  What are you aiming at?
The why for the what. What are you aiming at?

The Intangible Why Is Powerful

Why is defined as, "for what cause, reason or purpose". Interesting what is used in defining why. As if creating a belief that a cause, reason or purpose can be clearly seen or touched and quantified with proof.

Cause is a reason, (motive, why) for an action or condition, (what, do). Cause is also something that brings about an effect or result. So the why, determines the resultant effect of a what.

Reason is an explanation or judgement or a statement offered in explanation or justification. To reason is also the sum of the intellectual powers, the power of comprehension, inferring or thinking. reason, reasoned, or reasoning is used to justify, support, persuade or influence, the drawing of inferences or conclusions.

Purpose is something set up as an object or an end to be obtained.  it is to do by intent or to do intentionally.  To be purposeful is to have a purpose or an aim.

Knowing and planning a why is to utilize the power we have with intent.  A why is always present whether it is acknoledged or hidden.  it is always indicative of the end result. 

Is It the What Or The Why?

 A news reporter sees 3 men working at an apparent construction site.  Observing the possibility of a story, the reporter approaches the first and asks, "What are you doing?"  The man replies, "I am working to provide for my family."  The reporter moves on and asks the second man the same question.  His reply was, "I am laying brick."  The reporter still looking for a story moves on to the the third man and asks the same question.  The third man says, "I am building a temple for God, so people can worship here."

As each man gave their answers to what, they really answered their why.  Although to the observer they all appeared to be doing the same thing, because of their why, at the end of each day they went home with something different and three separate stories unfold from same apparent experiences.

The first man went home at the end of each day and talked about how much money he had made and felt good about himself because of what a great provider he was.  His family was pleased and praised him and spread the word of what a great provider he was.  When the job was completed, he then had to go out and find a new way to keep his claim to fame and status of being a good provider.  Always seeking the why, the what was irrelevant, it was only a means to an end.  If at any time this man is unable to provide, the past becomes empty as his present is now nothing, he is constantly in a position to keep his why wheels in motion to maintain his identity as that is what the why has become.

The second man went home at the end of each day and talked about how beautifully he had been laying brick.  His associates, friends and family praised him and talked about what a great brick layer he was.  When the job was completed, he then sought and found other brick laying jobs to keep his claim to fame and status of being a great brick layer.  So long as are brick laying jobs available and he is able to lay brick, this man will always be fine.  If a day were to come when either was unavailable his life becomes useless, nothingness without the ability to keep his why wheels in motion his identity is at risk as that is what his why has become.

The third man went home at the end of each talking of the progress made on the Temple of God.  His associates, friends and family praised him and the progress he was making.  When the job was completed everyone came with him to enjoy the fruits and to worship God in the Temple that had been built.  If a day were to come and this Temple were to be destroyed, the work that had been done and all who had appreciated it would remember.  His why would never be in vain.  He would have an open field of possibilities in front of him and his identity would never be at risk.


On Trial, The What Or The Why?

When someone is charged with a crime of any sort, what is on trial, the what or the why? Analysis quickly shows that the what has already been determined and proven, it is a fact. The how supports the what and these become the facts.

The elusive portion is the motive, the why.  To be able to locate the who, process of elimination requires delving into the why or motivation to commit the crime. Lack of motivation usually leads to a conclusion of not being the who doing the what.  The why determines if there is in fact any guilt or culpability and is separate completely from the what or the do.

On trial for proof of guilt is the why, always.  The defense is always based on the why, it quickly becomes irrelevant if the what was done or not, but instead about if the why or the ends justifies the means.

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Primary Why Motivators

A why is almost always motivated by an emotion, a desire for something. The primary motivators are usually greed and personal gain, or fear and anger.

Greed and personal gain are defined by a desire to have a need filled. A need to be important or to appear important. To have power or appear to have power. To attract followers to add to your power and thereby have more to claim to yourself.

Fear and anger are defined by a desire to do the right thing or be done the right way, used in reference to how we view ourselves and how we want others to view us. A fear of being caught, a fear of doing the wrong thing, a fear of appearing to be something derrogatory, a fear of being poor, homeless or destitute. Anger at being wronged, or appearing wrong.

With all of these motivators we are like the first two workers, we are constatnly seeking new ways to prove ourselves, to maintain an image.  Either one is about an appearance of something, not a reality of something.

Re-defining Our Whys, Harnessing The Power

Creating an intention, defining a purpose, harnessing the power of why. To reach the higher levels as in the case of the third worker, we need a why that extends beyond ourselves. It is a part of the individual, but gives to the whole.  Compassion, hope, charity are all examples of this why.

Find your target, set your purpose on the bulls eye, know your reason and the cause for releasing your arrow and watch as it flies true. Your fulfilment will remain with you, not just waiting for the proof of the next arrow, because with the combined purpose of others, you can step aside and let someone else shoot the next arrow and feel the same accomplishment.

The Law Of Attraction At Work

This is how The Law Of Attraction works. It is a Law, it is working. We are all getting our whys because that is where our attention, energy and emotion is focused. Our what is irrelevant, always has been, always will be. Whether in a court of law at home, at work, no matter what we do, we will reap the why.  Not getting what you want, check your why!

Before you do anything whether it is a what of action or non-action, know your why!   Why is what you will get or not get. It is a Law!

Share Your Feelings and Some Of Your Whys

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina


      Thank You for the heartfelt compliment! This is my own journey I share and you have come upon my favorite saying in life. By looking at our why, we find all of the insights into ourselves and where to find the changes within.

      Great question: Be-Cause, always break it down, we are "Being" for a "Cause", this is the "Why". Why we are being, which is much more than doing. The "cause" is the end result which will be achieved by "being". When we say because, we are stating our why and the end result we percieve we can expect. it is much more than justification, it is putting the law of attraction into full effect and power, telling the universe what it is we desire why and the end result we expect to recieve and it will always deliver.

      I hope this has answered your question as you are a seeker. Always feel free to ask, it helps mine and everyone elses JOurneY. If you have a specific question that comes to mind even pose it to me as a question to write a hub on the subject, this can help sometimes as we all seek to grow together. Thank You again, Love and Light to you as you seek to shine!

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      Ariztokat 8 years ago from AZ

      Very well stated. I'm a fan now. You are awesome.

      If the what is performed in seeking the why, then where does "because" come into it? ;)

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina


      What a beautiful "why" you have there focus on family...truly what could be more important. Once again, it is not what you do, it is why! So long as you know your why, you also know what you will be receiving. To discover the Holy Grail, is possible for anyone to find so long as we have the right why in our hearts. We can not cheat at life unless we want it to cheat on us. Our why is what we find in every bend of our lifes journey. Love, Light and Blessings to you Kim, and I deeply appreciate your words of encouragement! Thank You!!!

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      Kim Garcia 8 years ago

      Thank you dear Susan for these wonderful words of wisdom and enlightenment. Yes...we always need to search our hearts to find the real and true motives behind our actions. I'm a seeker, and was most likely born saying "Why, why, why...." as I try to find out the vast meaning of man's ultimate purpose on this earth....."like I'M going to be the one to discover "The Holy Grail"LOL!! thing I have learned is that our thoughts, words and actions are more powerful than most realize, and can be used either for order to bring forth much healthy fruit, or can be used negatively which ultimately brings forth demise, disappointment, and sometimes shame.

      Thank you for posting!! Many Blessings!! ~K

      P.S. Sorry I'm off of facebook, I deleted myself a few days ago. Needed to focus more on family and redirect my priorities. (Spiritual renewal). Peace!!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thank you so much dohn121! Please share the story of the woodcutter. You are so welcome and I am grateful you enjoyed this hub! (I've been a fan, just forget to click the button and let you know) Keep letting our light shine!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This was very fascinating, not to mention very Buddhist! All of this makes perfect sense, as it reminds me of the story of the woodcutter. Thank you for sharing this with me and thank you for being a fan! I look forward to learning more from you.

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Tom, as always comments and differing opinions are something I always appreciate. Our why will always be the motivation for our what. Without the why the what would not exist. Acoountability, is accountability you're right. Thank you so much for your interest and for thinking about it.

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      Tom Whitworth 8 years ago

      Hi emohealer, I believe the why question is a very important

      question for each of us. If we analyze our behavior and ask ourselves why we do things, we can try to analyze our actions and change our motives. If the why is in any way illogical and we recognize it as such. This is an improtant step to improvement of both our whys and our whats.

      I don't necessarily agree whats are irrelevant however. Particularly in the what of greed, violence, and other behaviors that hurts others. We are accountable for the what in these occasions. We may make restitution, we may analyze our whys and change our behaviors, but we are still accountable for the whats. Regardless of the original whys, with the possible exception of insanity. Insanity or mental infirmities can absolve of of the whats.

      The study of whys is very important in shaping the whats of ourselves and others both now and in the future. So I basically agree with your stressing the importance of why but accountability for must also cause a reckoning.

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      li7218: So glad it helped as you reflected, that is what this continues to do for me. Thank You, Continue to let your light shine!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      ripplemaker, as always a blessing when you visit and share...Thanks for the love and light, you shine so brightly!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi emohealer, I love the "why" questions!!! I think I've been a "why" person for the longest time. LOL Anyhow, your hub made me reflect where I am now in my life and why I do the things I do. Thank you very much! Love and light. :-)

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Marelisa, I appreciate you sharing yet another perspective, how big we are willing to think, Nice, Thanks!

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      Hi Emohealer: I love that story. I think it also reveals how big each of these men was willing to think: one thought as far as a paycheck,the other as far as his craft, while the third was able to see a magnificent cathedral in the task he was carrying out.

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Pam: Thank you so much! We all have a different why, but what a huge step as we walk into our individual why. I appreciate what you have shared, ditto on the BS, you are always welcome!

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      pgrundy 8 years ago

      Fascinating! The older I get, the more the 'why' matters. I have a sense of why I am here, I try to spend as much time and energy on THAT as I can. When I was younger, it felt like I had more time to waste. Now it feels like wasting time is does violence to myself and others. Not like I never rest, I do. But My tolerance for BS has greatly diminished! lol! Thanks for the hub. :)

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      metaphysician: Wow, I think you get it better than me. Your wording said in one sentence what I tried to say in this whole hub...Thank You!

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      metaphysician 8 years ago

      Why is the motivation forces behind evertyhing. Action is just a physical confirmation or proof of the existence of the 'why'. The stronger the why, the greater the action.

      Yep, I agree with Violet, it's the power of intent!

      And thanks so much for sharing this fascinating WHY!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      VioletSun: It was a very hard concept to put into writing, but yes you did follow it correctly and worded it quite well.

      I appreciate mention of the book, that is one I have heard about many times, but haven't made it to yet. I will be looking it up as well now, there is always something to add to our learning

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      This was a very different slant on the power of intention; the "why", is our inner motivation, and what ultimately brings by the LOA what we experience. The LOA follows the vibration of our why. This is what I gathered from you hub, hope I am right, because I am exploring once again the power of intention and the mind.

      As mentioned to Dottie in my last hub, I am reading a book by Dr. Joe Dispenza, (from the movie What The Bleep) "Evolving Your Brain- The Science of Changing Your Mind" and wow, he explains truths and concepts that blends science, psychology and spirituality in a way that is understandable, that makes it tangible as far as attracting and inner change and healing at all levels is concerned. Had to mention the book as it reminds me of what you write.

      Thumb up!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      SEM Pro, you are incredible, your input so sincere. A light always shines brighter when it is combined with another :-)

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      SEM Pro 8 years ago from North America

      Decades worth of understanding in one tiny little space emohealer - wonderful job! LOVE the temple you built :) Proof of the power!

      Appreciate the link - and very grateful to find another with the same "why" :) Keep on shining your light dear Lady!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Very Nice Tatjana!!! One why is not per say better than another and we don't have to choose just one, many times we have a list of whys. Great tie in with balance!

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thanks for this article.

      All of us change levels of consciousnees, we are "high" or low" or "somewhere between". It is very interesting to find out what moves us on in any state of conscioussness. I discovered that we really need to fulfill all 3 "why-s" your 3 workers on building have in order to stay in balance...

      I really love this Hub!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks advisor4qb, I love the pass it forward theme. That is one form of a why that keeps on going and giving. A very important why.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      I am a big believer in giving for the sake of giving, expecting nothing in return. The "pass it forward" notion has been a major theme in my life. I have always gotten back what I put in, even though it may not come from the place I gave to. Very good topic. Interesting reading.