“He who has a why can endure any how.” -Frederick Nietzche
Do you ever feel like the taskmaster of the busyness of your life? Like your life is filled up with things to do and you never seem to get anywhere?
You may be going through life thinking you know what you should be doing. But have you ever taken the time to really look at why you are doing what you do each day? And how those things are contributing to your life dreams and goals?
Ask Yourself Why
Knowing your Why is the ultimate first step in discovering exactly what you need to do to achieve your dreams and goals.
In a nutshell, your Why is your purpose. As human beings, we live for purpose, we crave purpose, we need purpose like we need food and water. When we don’t have purpose in our lives, goals to work toward, a definite Why, we are merely surviving.
Stop merely surviving.
Watch this short video for an incredible look at what knowing your why can really do.
Let your Why determine your What
But what if you don’t know exactly what your Why is? Think about what’s important to you, your priorities and values. Your Why is what gets you out of bed each morning, it’s the thing that excites you, drives you to do more, gives you the energy and focus to carry on.
Ask these questions:
What brings you the most joy in life?
What are you most proud of in your life?
If you had enough money and didn’t have to work, what would you do?
What do you want your days to look like?
If you knew you only had one year left to live, how would you spend your remaining time?
What would you like your life to look like in 10 years?
I suggest writing this down. And then take a good, hard look at your answers. Compare your answers to how your life looks today. Does how you spend your time align with the answers to these questions? You may find the need for change.
How much time are you putting into the important things? Use your Why to determine where and how you need to spend your time. When a new what (task) comes your direction ask why you would do it. Does it align with your Why?
Once you know your Why, you can ask “How can I…” and take the next steps to doing what you need to do to create a life you love.
Try to start viewing your world through your Why lens. Focus and refine what your Why means to you, not what you think others expect out of you.
How does money fit into your Why?
Use your Why to work on your finances. Although we like to think our purpose in life should have nothing to do with money, money affects almost every aspect of our lives. There’s just no way around it.
Let’s say you want to pay off your debt. Okay, you know you should pay off your debt. But what is your reason, your motivating factor? Is it:
Paying for your kids’ college?
To have more time to…spend with family? travel? enjoy nature? write? read?
Keep your Why posted on your fridge, taped to your mirror, written on your forehead. Constantly keep that Why in mind when moving through your days. When you find your why, let nothing stop you from moving forward.
It has to be said – you will still have to do the hard work to achieve your goal to get to your Why. Life is not a Staples commercial – there is no Easy button.
But your Why will give you the strength and conviction to push through the hard times, celebrate the small wins, and, eventually, realize the amazing feeling of conquering your goal and improving your life.
What is your Why? How do you use it to motivate and inspire you?