If I had a penny for everytime I heard this throughout my career well, let’s just say, I would have retired already! Of course it appears as though we don’t have time to do most of the things we simply don’t want to do. Therefore “I don’t have time” is synonymous with “I don’t want to” but it sounds better to tell ourselves and makes us look better to others when we say we don’t have time. But lets be real, I could pull up a hundred stories of people that get more accomplished in a day that most of get done in an entire week and I am being generous here.
So if we actually sit down and think about it, we can try to find the real reason for why we don’t want to exercise. One cool tool, developed by Sakichi Toyoda and used by Toyota Motor Corp to evaluate its manufacturing methods is the 5 Why’s technique of question asking.
5 Why’s is used to find out the true reason for a problem or in this case, the underlying reason for the lack of desire or want to exercise. While in my experience I can name a hundred different reasons that would resonate with most of us, that is not as effective as finding out your real reason and then figuring out how to overcome it.
I’m sure that you don’t need me or anyone else to write more about the benefits of exercise or go on about how great it feels to exercise (especially when it is over) or even to threaten you with the high possibility of developing a preventable condition or disease, we all know this. If the reasons were enough we would all engage in a regular exercise program. The reasons to do it are not as strong as the why you don’t want to do it. To figure out what is stopping you , you have to really want to do the exercise and invest in it. You would be surprised what things are holding you back and where they are rooted!
The 5 Why’s is a very simple strategy. Just take your problem or your interest and ask yourself Why do I/don’t I want to ______________________ ? Then repeat the Why question inserting the answer to the last why question. Understand that it is necessary to build off the last answer and to stay on topic not to come up with 5 contrasting reasons.So much of what we do everyday is driven by our deep down connections to our identity, past experiences, and insecurities. It is extremely valuable to unpack this psychic energy and discover how such connections may be hindering your progress in different areas of life. Once you find out the real reason you feel that you can’t do something, perhaps you can come up with a solution to that problem and you can turn that CAN’T into a CAN!