STEP 3: The Five Fold How
After applying the Five-Fold Why, you'll probably discover that what you actually want is quite different from what you thought you wanted. No that you've identified the root cause of your original goals, it's time to figure out how to get what you actually want.
The Five-Fold How is a way to connect your core desires to physical actions. Let's use the previous example: the core desire is to feel free. Is it possible to feel free without focusing on popularity? Absolutely - there are many ways to feel free that have absolutely nothing to do with popularity. Taking an alternative approach that addresses the real desire may be more effective than your original goal.
How would you go about feeling free?
- Starting or joining a club or team that truly interests you.
- Breaking off a restricting personal relationship.
- Reducing hours online & on phone (esp. social sites).
- Cultivating authentic relationships that allow for vulnerability.
Once you find a "how" that looks like a good idea, ask "how" again. Let's say starting or joining a club or team that truly interests you would give you the greatest sense of freedom. How would you go about doing that?
Continue asking "how" until you've clearly defined your plan in terms of Next Actions. The purpose of the Five-Fold How is to create a complete chain of actions from your big idea all the way down to things you can do right now.