Introducing the “5-Whys”.

What do you REALLY want to achieve from changing something in your life?

To be truly ready, willing, and able to change your life, eating habits or improve your health it is worth knowing WHY you’re doing something in the first place. Therefore we suggest using our “5 whys” technique to improve your focus.

What do you value?

Dig down for a second.

  • What is most important to you in life? Why?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? Why?

Are you living those values? Chances are not as well as you’d like. Consequently when we don’t do what we believe or feel in our gut to be “right”, we don’t feel good. As a result, our bodies show it. Knowing what’s important to us and why gives us direction and purpose. If we live according to those values, life (and often, good health) “flows” almost effortlessly. Probably a good idea to understand why we also need to know why these things matter to us.

Do your actions match your values? Introducing:- The 5 Whys

The “5 Whys” was a system originally used by the Toyota Motor Corporation.  Due to its simplicity it really gets to the point of why we want something. When you want to accomplish something (or if something goes wrong), you ask WHY?

Why do I want to accomplish this?

Then, with whatever answer you come up with, you ask why to that first answer. And so on, five times. Here’s an example from one of our online coaching clients:

“I want to lose weight.”

  1. Why do I want to lose weight?
    Because I want to fit into a smaller size of jeans.
  2. But why do I want to fit into a smaller size of jeans?
    Because when I’m wearing a smaller size, I think I’ll look better.
  3. But why do I want to look better?
    Because when I look good, I feel good about myself.
  4. But why do I want to feel good about myself?
    Because when I feel good about myself, I’m more assertive and confident.
  5. But why do I want to be more assertive and confident?
    Because when I’m more assertive and confident, I’m in control and better able to get what I want out of life.


That’s a lot of insight for a few little questions. For this client, losing fat really meant being in charge of her life. That’s a crucial insight. She is not just looking for a smaller pair of jeans (or a lower weight on the scales). She also wants to feel a certain way at the end of the process. More confident. And more assertive. Thus, more in control.

And that’s what’s really important to her. The jeans are just a way to get there.

5 Whys

Your 5 Whys

Ok, now it’s your turn to play. Below, write down your 5 Whys for this question:

Why do you want to lose weight?

Really.  Give it some thought.  And be honest.  This will help you keep writing that your very own personalised operating manual that is unique to you and holds your values and aspirations in one place.

  • What really matters to you? And what makes you tick?
  • How would you feel if you achieved your goal?
  • What kind of person do you want to be?
  • What do you want to feel?
  • How would you like other people to see you?

Why start with why?

If you’d like to learn more about why “why?” is important, check out this video.

How we can help you get started on your own:- What to do today

  1. Do the “5 Whys” exercise to answer this question:
    Why do you want to make changes to your life? Write your 5 Whys down on a piece of paper.
  2. Write down a list of your top 5 values.
    Honesty? Integrity? Optimism? Doing the right thing? Ruling the world with an iron fist? Whatever your values are, make a list and think about each of them. Why are they important to you?
  3. Consider living your values as today’s “5-minute action” habit today.
    Making choices that match your principles, values, and priorities are part of living the lifestyle.So there are probably a few areas of your life (particularly when it comes to health, nutrition, and fitness) where your values and actions don’t completely match.  As today’s “5-minute action” habit, why not try doing ONE small healthy thing that supports your values? What would it look like to be “on track” to living the life (and getting the body) YOU want?
  4. Keep yourself accountable.
    Keep a track of why are you doing things by asking yourself each day, ie why am I eating this?  Will it help me achieve my goal?

Did you like this post?  If so, perhaps share it with your friends and family.  We always appreciate when people share our work with others.  Also, try following up on your why by adding in some more positive rituals with this post here..

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This blog post was originally produced by Precision Nutrition, anglicised and adapted by Your Nutritional Blueprint, as authorised super-coaches of their online programs.  All copyrights and trademarks respected.  Please do not share without the necessary appropriation.



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