The word “Reason” is a favorite of mine.
Used as a noun it is a basis for having a belief or taking an action or a statement made to justify action. The verb form means to think logically and to form conclusions from available facts and theories.
When you Reason, you problem-solve.
Ever go to the zoo to watch the animals?
We marvel at how human the chimpanzees or gorillas seem as they reason out how to get that banana hanging from a hook at the top of their cage or play on the tire swing, etc.
I think most people get that same look on their faces when they are trying to reason out how to get PowerPoint to animate a slide or get the video camera working correctly as they try to log into Zoom for a meeting.
Your Reason is your motive.
Why do you do the things you do?
You have your reasons, right? Simon Sinek calls it your Why.
It’s the deeper reason you make the important choices in your life.
Are your reasons coming from a place of fear and insecurity or from a place of generosity and altruism?
You don’t know?
You should spend time thinking about the reasons you make your choices. Your reasons grow from your past experiences. The reason you avoid dogs might be the results having been bit by one as a child.
Your reason for not starting your own business may have been spawned by fears generated by seeing others fail — or it might be because you’re about to buy a new home and you need a more predictable income of a full-time job and what to avoid the insecurity of a brand new start-up.
Reasons aren’t inherently good or bad.
Everyone has their own reasons for making the choices they do — it’s just that not everyone is aware of their own reasons.
Knowing your real reasons for making one decision can make all your other decisions simpler to make.