Have you ever stopped and asked yourself – why do you do what you do? Did you ever bother to think if there was a best alternative to what you do currently? Is there a best way to do things? Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself – what is it that you really want out of your life? I know for some of you these questions are intimidating, probably even irritating. It does not matter if you are a student, an employee, a business owner, an artist or whatever it may be. I am sure wherever you are today are the results of the choices you made along the way. Did you just go with the flow or you took the time to think and plan your path till now. If you are one of the people that only went with the flow, I have some good news for you. Really? Yes, I do – you will be surprised to know that you are not alone.
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!). Indeed, only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are down, and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging, and more rewarding trajectory. Do you know that the average 4-year-old girl asks 390 questions per day? The majority of them are, “Why?” Yet, as we grow older, we tend to ask questions, and just go with the daily grind. We are so caught up in our rut that we forget to take the time to stop and think and ask ourselves – why do I do what I do? This is one of the most vital things you can do to progress in life. Mind you, your why will change from time to time. Your why you had as a 20 years old may not hold true when you are in your 40’s. So it is important for us to keep revisiting, keep rethinking and keep tweaking.
Knowing your why creates in you this incredibly strong drive, power, energy and focus. A motivation, that enables you to stand firm through tough times, and to wake up in the mornings with a positive outlook on your life. Suddenly, your world is about so much more than just yourself. In fact, it is actually less about yourself – it is about other people and something bigger. As you know, I am working on my first book and one of the people I interviewed recommended me the book “Start with why.” I am blown away, by the way, the author thinks. You can get all the resources at https://www.startwithwhy.com/. Simon Sinek is described as a “visionary thinker with a rare intellect’, Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is a leading a movement to inspire people to do things that inspires them. Among all the accolades, Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. This is one site of you take the time to absorb all the knowledge that is shared here will take you to a new level.
Some of the most influential leaders of our time were all driven by their powerful why. Think of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln to name a few. Something bigger than themselves drove them.
- What is your why?
- Why do you do what you do?
Take the time today, dig deeper and work on your why!