This is a question that you have probably thought about a lot. What is your why? What do you want in life? What are you supposed to be doing? Why are you doing what you are doing? What is your purpose? What drives you to get up every morning? When will you know these answers?
If you are struggling with this don’t worry. It takes time and some introspection to really get to the beginning of your why. Yes there is a beginning and that is why its called an evolving journey.
Your why could range from massive ideologies like disrupting and entire industry to something small like just being content and enjoying life with loved ones. If you are someone who is constantly asking yourself this question then you could also view yourself as a big thinker and maybe there is something more that you need to be doing. Do some soul searching.
It’s like when Morpheus tells Neo, in the Matrix, that what he knows he cannot explain. It is like a splinter in his mind. This is why it is important that you do something about it otherwise it will keep you awake at night and leave you exhausted during the day. You also don’t want to feel like you are just passing time.
Do you urge to have a purpose? You feel like the days are just not long enough and that no matter what you do you just cant seem to crack this puzzle. You might even get bored a lot. It’s like you find one thing that you are interested in and then at a later stage it all changes! Once you have an idea what your why is you will be able to plan according design a roadmap to follow. Exciting stuff!
However, your why is going to evolve all the time. You will see glimpses of it and then it will fade again. You will know exactly what it is and then will have no clue. Its a rollercoaster ride and you will have to strap in because the journey is epic. The important part is that you discover your why. The little glimpse. The bigger picture will follow.
So how do you begin to discover your WHY?
You can start by asking yourself a series of questions. What is important to you? What do you enjoy? Who is important to you? What legacy do you want to leave? If you were at the end of your life, what are you looking back at? Now write down your answers.
Writing down your answers help because you can read them later again. As much as you might think you know things about yourself it always becomes very intriguing when reading your own thoughts a day later or a week, a month, a year. You might find that things have changed. Edit, Revise, Evolve, Repeat! What is your WHY?
Quick Exercise: Write down the most important people in your life! Go!
What have you discovered? Who are these people? Be specific. Are they in any specific order of importance? Is your why related to any one of them? If yes we have made some progress. Remember that this is a process. Of course it is! This is some serious stuff so its going to take some work!
The most important part though is to be very open and honest with yourself. This is your life, Don’t bullshit yourself. There is no round two. Make the right decisions this time around. How else are you going to get ahead and become who you really want to be?
So lets review. What have you discovered? Do you feel like there is something big that you can’t explain? Are you hungry for something bigger in life? Do you feel like you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing? You have all these skills or ideas and you are just stuck? If you have discovered even the smallest of details you have made progress! The fact that you keep asking questions will get you where you need to be.
No one besides yourself will be able to tell you what your why is. People might be able to see from the outside what you are good at and what you enjoy but you know yourself. You know every single detail. Your good side, your dark side and only you will be able to figure this one out.
So, take a moment, go to a quiet room, take out pen and paper and start writing. Journaling is also a good idea because you will start to see how your ideas and thoughts develop. Remember, you don’t need the final product now, you just need to beginning!
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