In most articles today, even on this wonderful blog about being productive, everyone is constantly talking about how. How to get the most out of your time, your employees, your investments, your spouse, your kids, your everything! How to eat your sushi, how to drink your latte, how to have better and longer and more exciting sex, (oops, did I really say that?) how to milk the moment or is it the cow, how to access your iphone apps faster, smarter, etc., etc., ad nauseam.
There comes a point in time (and that is now) when we stop asking how. We need to ask why. WHY? Yes, we need to ask why because that gets to some really important issues, like the root. The root? Yes, we need to get back to the beginning or even before the beginning and find out how (oops, I did it) we got into the mess we are in. We'll do that by asking why.
Rather than just going pall mall into everything we do from sun up to sun down perhaps we can be more productive by asking why. If we do ask 'why' and answer with even an ants wisdom (they are pretty wise by the way) we might find ourselves doing less, but doing it better, more enjoyably, more enthusiastically, more whole-heartedly. WOW! What a concept.
But the first step which can be the hardest, is to ask 'why'. Why am I going here, doing this, with these people, at this time, in this way, especially when I don't really enjoy any of it? You see, asking why helps us to find that internal compass that will guide us in a simpler and fulfilling way IF we stop to look at it.