I can teach you “what to do”, “how to do it” or “why to do it.”
Which one would you like me to concentrate on?
Most of my students want to get right to the “what to do” and “how to do it.”
That’s because “what to do” and “how to do it” are EASY!
The “why” is the hard part.
The “what” and “how” are the easy part.
In fact you already know “what to do” and most likely even “how to do it.”
Imagine this situation …
A blind person is sitting in the far corner of a room with a window directly behind their left shoulder.
The room is filled with assorted tables, chairs, barriers and other obstacles and your job is to help the blind person get across the room of obstacles and out the door behind you.
You can tell them what to do.
“Walk across the room, avoid the obstacles and go through the door behind me.”
But it’s not every effective.
You can tell them how to do it.
“Stand up slowly, keeping your head down below three feet, move forward six inches, turn at a 68 degree angle to the right, move your left foot up six inches … etc.”
Not quite as easy, it’s a slow process and maybe eventually the person will get to the door safely if you don’t mess up any of the instructions or they don’t mess up any of the steps.
Or you can simply tell the person a good reason why.
Imagine for a second that a masked person with a gun appears at the window behind the window behind the blind person.
Slowly they raise the gun and prepare to take aim at the blind persons head.
It’s your choice. You can …
Tell the person, “Walk across the room, avoid the obstacles and go through the door behind me.”
Tell the person, “Stand up slowly, keeping your head down below three feet, move forward six inches, turn at a 68 degree angle to the right, move your left foot up six inches … etc.”
or you can scream at the top of your lungs …
“There’s a man about to blow your head off with a gun! Get out of here, because he’s trying to kill you!”
I pretty much guarantee if you choose option three and the blind person believes you, they will find a way out of that room fast.
They may be banged up, but a good reason why makes people accomplish something.
- You already know what you should be doing.
- You probably even know how to do it.
If you find a good reason why, you will.
All the best,