We often ask ourselves, “Why are we doing this?” Whether it is long distance running, doctoral studies, volunteering at a food pantry, ect. We are all curious creatures seeking the next best thing to learn, accomplish, and pass on.
Researchers have studied the effects of questioning on human nature, personality and disposition. Saga Briggs has written several articles relating to questioning techniques, learning strategies, Edtech Integration. She states: “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked WHY.”
A “growth mindset,” as Dweck called it, is a tendency to believe that you can grow. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, she explains how a growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure “not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.”
I recently watched “THE WHY / Running 100 Miles” by Billy Yang of Runner’s World. It is a 30 minute documentary on why anyone would want to run 100 miles? The Leadville Trail 100 Run is an ultra long distance run that tests your mental and physical strength and duration. Billy Yang seeks an answer to the most exclusive question in ultra running. WHY? I encourage you to take 30 minutes for yourself to view this link: http://spr.ly/6016DPGDr
Yang offers some powerful lessons embedded in the documentary. The outcome is far from the given task at hand. Gratitude is a powerful emotion. Stay present, feel good, and push through when times get tough. These are some of the thoughts presented in the documentary. Life is best when it is shared with family and friends. Team Work!