Often time, when we try to make a decision, we will use a reason, excuses, or an explanation to support our decision. Whenever we try to sort things out, these three things are the strongest aspect that will affect our decision.
People think that these three words mean identically, as well as the dictionary too. However, these words bring different meanings in real life that will affect our mind to decide in a situation.
Reason and Explanation Relationship
The reason will always be the main idea that supports your decision-making when it meets an explanation. Although you can use explanations independently, most of the time you are using explanations to support your reasons.
For example, a simple reason for being late to school will be “missing the bus”. After that, “waking up late” will be the explanation for “missing the bus”.
You use reason in a short sentence to conclude the main idea about the things that are happening. While the explanation is the additional information to make your reason as clear as possible.
Explanations are used to make your reasons strong and acceptable, and thus will turn your reasons to become a strong claim.
Let us say you want to do exercises tomorrow, and your reason will be “I want to become healthy”. This simple reason is still not powerful enough for your body to do the decision that you have made.
After that, your brain will further process the explanation for your reason by telling you about the benefits of being healthy to support your decision of starting exercise.
A reason is not strong enough for people to make a decision, so it often comes along with further explanations.
Power of Reason + Explanation
A powerful reason is persuasive. It could persuade you and others when making a decision. People judge and make a decision based on the reason without even noticing the influence behind a strong reason.
Let us have a clear understanding of the power of a strong reason under the same condition.
Condition: I want to start meditation
I am having a bad insomnia
I am having a bad insomnia
I believe meditation can help me become calm and lost my anxiety, so I can sleep better at night.
I heard that people are talking about the benefits of meditation in coping with insomnia, so I want to have a try.
Both explanations above are great explanations for starting a meditation habit. It gives you a clearer identity about yourself to know where to start and why to start.
Having a reason is for you to make the decision to start, but having a further explanation will guide you one step further in proceeding with your decision.
Even though both explanations could help you take action, but which reason do you think will let you start your decision immediately and stick it for a long period? I believe the answer will be the first explanation.
Persuasive Reason is Supported with Believable Explanations
Based on his concept, he said that most people know what they are doing, a few know how they are going to do it, but only great leaders understand why they need to do it.
Simon said that great leaders sold their beliefs instead of explaining their actions. To make a persuasive statement and let other people trust your reason, having a strong belief in your explanation is more powerful than telling people what you are going to do.
Successful leaders know their “why” in every action, which isis the key reasons. While the beliefs in their “why” will always be the strongest explanations that support their “why” of making such decisions.
A strong explanation will have a procedure in this way instead of the opposite order:
- Why (Belief)
- How (Action)
- What (Goal)
Here is a simple idea about implementing Simon’s idea to make our previous statement more persuasive:
I believe that meditation will improve my life. So I will take 10 minutes every night before I sleep in my bed to do meditation.
Why: I believe that meditation will improve my life
How: I will take 10 minutes every night before I sleep in my bed
What: I will do meditation
In this structure of the sentence, you will be more likely to take action because that is what you are believing in — you believe that meditation can change your life.
Thus, you will accomplish your decision instead of procrastinating.
How to structure your sentence
First, you will need to find out your “why”, which is your belief. According to James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, he mentioned that your belief will be the type of person who you want to be. The best practice for you to identify your belief is to ask yourself:
“Who do I want to be?”
“Why do I want to be?”
Next, you need to know how to become the person that you want to be. In this step, you have to make your sentences as clear as possible to know your direction. Here are some questions that could guide you:
“When should I do?”
“Where should I do?”
“What is the frequency that I should do?”
“How long do I do?”
“What do I need to do?”
People procrastinate their actions because they don’t have a clear idea to proceed with them. People give up halfway through their journey as their “How” is not clear enough for them to proceed.
“Many people think they lack motivation when what they really lack is clarity.” -—- James Clear
At last, structure your sentence with your “What”, which is the shell of the whole structure. “What” are the goals that you would want to achieve, and they are the purposes for you to make such decisions.
To make a goal that is worth it for you, understand the principle of forming a decision-making statement that could help you to match your “What” easily and faster.
Ask yourself these questions to find your goals:
“What should I need to do?”
“What do I want to achieve?”
“What option will be satisfied for me?”
If you are unsure what is your goal, you should always take your first step first instead of waiting without an aim.
Making a strong reason for yourself with supportive explanations could help you during your decision-making journey.
After that, it helps you to proceed with your journey by enforcing your beliefs, giving you the confidence to improve continuously. There and then, you will find your decision is worth to proceed and pay your time until success.