Happy Monday everybody.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of knowing the “why” of your life. I called it “solving for why” like you would do in a math problem. Knowing your “why” is important. It doesn’t take long to find numerous articles regarding our big “why” as it relates to business. But what about life? Why do you live where you live, drive what you drive, do what you do, date who you date, and on and on I could go.
I truly believe that in order to have the best life you can, you need to know the answers to these questions. Life is a vapor. It is short. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. So what are we going to do TODAY to make a difference…and WHY?
It is probably safe to say that most of you work more than a 40 hour week, or maybe you are on the down side of that and work no hours a week. Some have a job that you hate, others hate that you don’t have a job. Some of you float through life, you have a nice house, a nice car, great kids, but you don’t have a feeling of purpose. Others of you have a car in the driveway that won’t start, your kids are getting bad grades, your relationship with your spouse is failing, and you have no idea how you are going to make it to tomorrow.
“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!). -Margie Warrell
This is generally a positive blog, so hang on, we are gonna get there.
Please understand, what I am talking about here in figuring out your “why” is NOT about gaining success or material possessions. I am talking about waking up every morning with a purpose. Knowing what you are here for, and living life with that in mind.
In her book, “Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life, author Margie Warrell, says “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!).
That is what I want you to do. I can’t tell you what excites you. I don’t have any idea. But you do. So grab some paper, and write some things down. What excites you? What would motivate you to get up in the morning with a bounce in your step? What goals can you aim for that would give you meaning and purpose?
Think about what would really drive you to be the best you you could be.
Visualize the goal(s) that you have and where you see yourself, a year, 5 years, 10 years down the road.
And most importantly – TAKE ACTION! Listen – until you decide to ACT on the things that are meaningful to you, that give you a sense of purpose, nothing in your life will ever change. You will stay in the same job, in the same apartment, in the same relationship and you will wake up every morning, going through the motions still wondering “why.” Define specifically what it is that you want to do, where you want to go, what you want to accomplish, and just like a runner who takes off at the sound of the gun, GO FOR IT.
Let me add one more little nugget of wisdom.
Somewhere in your planning and goal setting, make sure you include “doing things for others.” Most of you reading this remember the great motivational / inspirational speaker Zig Ziggler. His mission statement, which he repeated regularly was “You can have anything in life that you want, if you will just help enough people get what they want.” No statement could ever be more true.
I am absolutely convinced that this is the key for ALL of us. Helping others. Doing for others. Being kind and considerate to others.
Somewhere between where you are now, and where you want to be, please include any and every opportunity you can to do something for others.
Truth is, somewhere inside you, you DO know what your “why” is, so pick up the bow, draw back the arrow, focus on your target and GO!!!
Remember, Life Begins TODAY!!!