grizzlychin t1_iro6po4 wrote

There’s a “five why’s” framework that Toyota originally developed to diagnose failures. Basically keep asking “why” over and over to get to the root cause.

This applies to a bunch of other situations. I’m worried about flunking out. Why? Because then I won’t get a good job. Why does that worry you? Because then I won’t be able to earn enough money. Etc. Eventually you’ll probably find that “you don’t want to end up like deadbeat Ernie” (in this example) which can be quite helpful in reassuring yourself that it’s not going to happen.

I use this all the time and it helps me. YMMV.