How To Find Your Why: Plan For Success Part 2

Last Update: June 11, 2021

Introduction to chunking

Much has been written about the importance of setting SMART goals or outcomes.

Less has been written about the importance of figuring out WHY you want a particular goal or outcome.

In a nutshell, being clear about why you want to achieve a specific goal, is the main key to remaining motivated towards completing that goal. If you can't explain, even if only to yourself, why you want to achieve a specific goal, then by default, there can be no reason for working towards that goal. Understanding why you want to achieve something triggers motivational emotions in relation to the goal.

Yet, very little has been written about HOW to find your WHY...

This post covers how to find your why by chunking up,

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I am about to outline a thinking process that we all use every day, perfectly naturally, for all kinds of purposes. It is the process of CHUNKING. In reality, we all chunk up, down and sideways. Here I focus on 'chunking up'. Although chunking is essentially natural for humans, the natural way tends to be led by the subconscious mind. By chunking with conscious awareness, the process becomes far more powerful and focused.

Chunking Up: Finding Your 'Why'

To find your why for a specific goal, the question to ask is: "What will this (goal or outcome) get for me?". Discovering what something gets for you is the same as discovering your reason 'why'.

So chunking up can be used to clarify your reasons for wanting a particular goal or outcone. Here’s how to chunk up:

  1. Write a statement of the goal at the foot of a page;
  2. Ask: "What will achieving this goal or outcome get for me?". Write down the answer on the line above the goal;
  3. Consider the answer you just wrote down and again ask: "What will this get for me?". Again write your answer on the next line up.
  4. Keep repeating this process until you run out of ideas.

As you write your answers, up the page, thus refining why you want to achieve the goal, you will notice that the answers become more motivational. The following image demonstrates chunking up. Start at the foot of the image and work up the page. The numbers on the left have no relevance other than showing the order in which the question was asked, and answered.

At each level ask the full question, For example at '1*' the full question would be: "What will having $2500 left after taxes and insurance get for me?". The answer is written at '2*'.

Summary

There is some repetition in this post. This is because the process of chunking up is, in essence, straightforward. Simple and effective. Don't underestimate the power of chunking.

Finding your why for any goal is key to remaining motivated when things get tough. Your why for anything triggers motivational emotions.

The main question to ask when chunking up is: "If I achieve this goal, what will it get for me".

Just try it, you might like it.

If you have any questions or comments please add them below ... also, if you want to learn more about goal setting and chunking, go to part 3.

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Richard

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Roybretton Premium Plus
Hello Richard,

Thank you for another excellent post on goals, Richard, it's appreciated.

I must admit I haven't heard of the term "Chunking up"! But this is why we are here, to learn!

I have bookmarked your post, Richard, for future reference.

Just for your interest Richard, my goal is similar to yours in a way.

My wife comes from Greece, we would like to spend more time there. An online business would mean that I could work from anywhere providing an Internet connection was available. This is not just a dream, it is something that I know is very doable.

I am getting there.

Have a great day.

Roy
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richardgb Premium
Hi Roy.
I suspect that I’m about to say will be ‘like teaching Grandpa how to suck eggs’, as my Granny used to say.

The ‘goal’ of being able to run my business from anywhere I find the internet, in my mind is more a state of being ... I would call that a vision.

To me, goals are the stepping stones toward the vision.
Richard
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Roybretton Premium Plus
Good morning Richard,

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, I hear you big time, goals are like stepping stones towards the vision. I believe we have to see a vision to also help it come to pass.

Have a great day.

Roy
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Twack Premium
You have explained this perfectly Richard, thank you. I was aware of the process but I did not know that it was called 'chunking'.

I have used the word 'chunking' in conjunction with breaking down large jobs into more manageable pieces.

I went through a process, some years ago, similar to 'chunking' where I had to find out some of the things that made me tick, I always think of it as finding my 'primary question' though I also believe that is something different to how I remember it.
I might have to listen to the cd's again to clarify.
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richardgb Premium
Hi Twack
Thanks for responding.
Breaking things down is (of course) chunking down.
Chunking sideways helps identify more or alternative options for something.
The important thing is knowing what questions to ask, and when.
I use chunking down and sideways for planning actions mainly.
Many times I’ve used chunking up to find a win-win negotiation point (both with personal and business challenges) when coaching and facilitating.
Often the questions help to stimulate creative brainstorming sessions going up, down and sideways when one direction or the other becomes ’stuck’.

The chunking questions possibly provide the simplest, most powerful and flexible of thinking toolsets.
Richard
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Twack Premium
All such valuable information, thank you, Richard. I think the art is remembering to use these kind tools when the time comes.
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richardgb Premium
Hi Twack
Sorry I meant to reply a while ago, was interrupted, and forgot.

I am not suggesting you’re wrong ... I would add that I think the art is in using it consciously everyday until it becomes a habit. :-)
Richard
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Twack Premium
Absolutely, it should be second nature.
No apology necessary, appreciate you taking the time to reply at any time.
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Linda103 Premium
Good post Richard.
I have written about the importance of finding your Why too, both here and on my website.
I believe that if people got to the root of their why they would be less likely to give up.
I had forgotten about Chunking Up, that's something I learnt about a few years ago.
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richardgb Premium
I’m glad to hear I’m not alone in talking about ’why’!
Although you think you had forgotten about chunking I would bet you use it subconsciously everyday... If not always up, then down and sideways.
Richard
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Linda103 Premium
There have been a few posts about it here and there, not many though.
Yes, I probably do use it more than I think.
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IamTracy Premium
A great post Richard. Explaining these key learning aspects well. Thanks for sharing :)
Tracy
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richardgb Premium
Hi Tracy. Thank you for kind words. I hope you use it.
Richard
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Newme202 Premium
Brilliant points explained so well in this post Richard. Thank you for sharing
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richardgb Premium
Thank you for your comment Simone. I hope you find it useful.
Richard
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