Method often used in business to get to the underlying root of the problem is to ask the question “why?” five times. This popular thinking strategy was pioneered by Toyota founder Sakichi Toyoda and is used to determine the cause and effect relationship of a problem. It can also be applied to our everyday lives. However, I say forget the numerical limit; you should ask that simple, dreaded questions as many times as needed.

I feel sad, depressed, and unmotivated.

Why?

Because I’m not where I want to be in life.

Why?

Because I am not working as hard as I should be.

Why?

Because I am not motivated enough.

Why?

Because if I was, I would be working much harder than I am, instead of complaining about it.

Why?

Because that is the only way to develop yourself into the person you want to be and achieve the lifestyle you want.

Why?

Because you cannot count on things you cannot influence, like luck or chance.

Why?

Because if it were easy, everybody would do it.

Why?

Because all people have dreams and aspirations for a better life. But only some have actual goals and are willing to put in the work.

Why?

Because it’s hard. Very hard. It requires dedication, focus, diligence, and sacrifice.

Why?

Well, I’ve said it – because you can’t count on luck, chance, or things you can’t control. You can’t hope things will simple “happen” for you. They might, but they might not. Do you really want to gamble with your happiness? Or do you want to take control of it? I don’t know about you, but I’m not gambling.

Why?

Because it’s MY life, wasting away by the second. And I can only influence what I do and live by my choices.

Why?

Because fuck everybody else. I’ll just do me. I’ll focus on myself and do my own thing.

Why?

Because I don’t care about what other people think. I don’t care if they don’t think I have what it takes or that it’s impossible.

Why?

Because I know that it is and that’s all it matters.

Why?

Because it’s me who needs to put in the work. It’s me who needs to buckle down and hustle for my own vision.

Why?

Because nobody else gives a shit. Or as much shit, at least. Nobody wants me to succeed more than me. Or at least, they shouldn’t.

Why?

Because if I don’t want it more than anything, more than anyone, if I am not dedicated to the fullest, I won’t be able to put in the work.

Why?

Because I won’t be motivated enough. And I should be.

Why?

Why not? We’re going in circles. I need to be motivated to put in the work, but I am not as motivated as I should be. So I’m not putting in the work.

Why?

Because it’s so hard that if I don’t believe in myself 100% I won’t have the strength to go through it.

Why?

Because it’s so GODDAMN hard!

Why?

Because I don’t feel as strong when I don’t work on my goals. And I don’t work on them because…I don’t feel as strong.

Why?

Because…

Why?

Because…uhm…

Why?!

Because….it’s not about motivation. It’s about routines.

Why?

Because anybody can put in the work if they feel like it. But anyone rarely feels like it.

Why?

Because people who win in life do what’s necessary even when they don’t feel like doing it. Even when they feel like shit. Even when it’s the last thing they want to do. Especially then.

Why?

Because motivation is temporary. It’s a sudden burst of adrenaline that may last an hour, day, or a week, but eventually it will burn out and then, it’ll be just you and the abyss in a stare contest.

Why?

Because the abyss will always be there, endless. You won’t. Because you’re weak. Because you’re mortal. But you don’t have to be.

Why?

Because to achieve something different than others, you need to think differently than others. You need to behave differently. You need to spend your time and energy differently.

Why?

Because you’re better than them. Because you don’t hide from the pain. You don’t avoid obstacles and run away from problems. Oh no, not you. You welcome pain. You seek obstacles. You run face into your problems until you go right through them.

Why?

Because you’re not complaining anymore. You’re not trying to find motivation to keep hustling anymore. Because it doesn’t exist.

Why?

Because you realize you don’t have time to spend on wallowing and wondering “Why?” You’ve got shit to do whether you feel like doing it or not.

Why?

Because you’re standing over the abyss, one step from falling in. Because every second you spend not working on what you love, what you want, what you need, is a second wasted. And second by second, your life is wasted.

Why?

Because it’s high noon. It’s a day of reckoning. It’s time to stare down the abyss until it blinks first. It’s all or nothing. But most importantly, it’s time to get back to work.

Why?

Because.