“Why?” changed my life.
In the midst of battling a multitude of different internal and external issues in my life, I’ve discovered a secret weapon to finding purpose and clarity for doing the things I’m called to do.
It’s called understanding your “Why?”
Understanding your “Why?” is arguably one of the most important parts of a journey to better health and living.
When you understand “Why?” you are not only creating vision, purpose and passion for your end-goals, but one of the incredible realities is that you are also giving yourself permission to say ‘yes’ to the right things, and ‘no’ to those things that aren’t taking you in your desired direction.
Simply put: Understanding and continually clarifying your “Why?”will produce life-altering results in every area of your life.
So, with that in mind, grab a warm beverage, a pen and paper, and take a few minutes to answer these four questions with as much honesty and detail as possible.
I am very confident that clarity will begin to come to you. Here we go…
1) What are your goals you want to accomplish?
List things you want to be able to live for: being a part of significant family events, overcome a specific obstacle(s), paying off debt, going back to get a degree, etc.
2) What inspires you and causes you to come alive?
List things that even if you’ve never done them, brings incredible joy, awe and inspiration to you.
3) What are you willing to let go of?
List things you are willing to give up, that although may seem difficult at first, you know will pay huge dividends later if you let go of them.
4) What would a dream life look like for you?
List things that are not intangible fantasies, but rather, if you could architect “perfect situations” in your everyday life, would would they be?
Don’t be afraid to go back tomorrow and revise/change your answers. Once you start writing these things down, it will probably get your brain moving and you’ll start thinking through different ways to answer the questions.
Remember: there’s no right and wrong answer, per se. The goal is to establish further, the reason (the “Why?”) behind your reason for living.
As a way to summarize with clarity, read through each of your “Why?” answers, and give your best attempt to fill in the blanks on this simple equation. Don’t be in a hurry.