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