What is your WHY?

Posted by Lauren Eyer

I had never had anyone ask me until about 3 years ago what my WHY is... You may have never heard of it yourself. It is something so important that we should all know and reflect on regularly, yet most of us probably have never heard of the concept of a WHY.  So, let's get down to it.  What do I mean?  What is a "WHY"? 

Your "why" is your biggest reason or motivation for why you work so hard and do what you do in your life.  Everyone has a "why". And everyone's "why" can be different. I think it's important to write down what yours is. I write mine down fairly often to keep me centered and focused on the real reason I'm doing the work I do.

I wrote my down, and you can probably see what it currently is from this picture I'm posting.  I'm sure it will change in the future, but right now this is what I'm working for in my life. 

my why list

 

To help you determine your "why", think of what you are passionate about.  What motivates you to get out of bed every day?  Why are you working to make money?  What do you want out of life?   What is important to you?   What are your dreams?  Your "why" is the reason you push on to survive, or to make something of yourself.  It could be anything from getting out of debt, to traveling the world, to paying for your kid's education, or buying your dream car or house.

Take some time to think about this and write it down somewhere on a piece of paper that you can look at regularly.  I also want to mention that every so often your "why" will change. It's OK.  Your life changes all the time and so will your motivation and passions.

Make sure your "why" is strong enough to withstand times when you feel like giving up.  We all have those moments.  The purpose for writing your "why" down and keeping it in a place you can reflect on it often is to reinforce to yourself the very reason why you must keep going when you feel like giving up.  Whatever you "why" is, stay focused on it because that is what will pull you through tough times when you're ready to throw in the towel.

Keep focused. Stay strong.  Be committed to your WHY.  I'm rooting for you!


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