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Why Dammit Why???

This blog is the instalment from my last blog – building a vision for your life.
The next part to working towards your ideal life is figuring out your why or purpose for doing what you’re doing.
Your why is your purpose, cause or belief and the very reason you exist.
Understanding your why is an important part to accomplishing or achieving your vision and overcoming any challenges.
Have you heard the quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: “He who has a way to live can bear almost any how.”
My interpretation is that if you have a purpose or reason to live you can endure any challenges.
If you know why you’re working towards your vision, you will work towards it consistently, even when things get challenging.
When you’re aiming higher in life than ever before, it involves change which can be challenging and sometimes painful.
It involves new habits and routines as well as letting go of old habits and patterns that don’t serve your new vision.
Waking up early in the morning to do exercise or meditation, or working on one aspect of your vision is easier when you know exactly why.
As an athlete, understanding why I’m doing every exercise is really important to me and it should be for you too.

Purpose of knowing your why – 5 reason

  1. Motivated to work consistently.
  2. You’re more likely to overcome the challenges that are part of the process.
  3. You become unstoppable because your why keeps you focused.
  4. Priorities are clear and it’s easier to let go of distractions.
  5. Your belief in what you’re doing is enhanced.
Every successful person in the world whether they know it or not has a strong and powerful reason for doing what they’re doing.
Your why is your motivation in life, it is your motor like the motor of a freight train continually pushing forward no matter the weight that it is carrying.

Tips for discovering your why

  • Discovering your why is a personal journey as it needs to resonate deeply within yourself
  • When your think of your why it needs to create energy so that you can motivate yourself in challenging moments
  • A good why generally involves the betterment of people around you – think of your closest family and friends
  • Your why needs to be big enough that even when you feel crap, when you think of it you are able to spur yourself into action
  • You can constantly refine your why until you find a statement that underpins all the others
If you notice on a bad day that your why isn’t enough to get you into action, then you probably need a better why.
Simon Sinek’s website Start With Why has some great resources on creating a good why and explains in more detail the importance of it.
He recommends coming up with a why statement which looks like: To (your contribution) so that (your impact).
Following Simon’s recommendation I have come up with my why statement which is:
To inspire and live with passion, integrity and peace so that people around me feel empowered to become the best versions of themselves.

Closing Remarks

Resistance and challenges that are part of the process of making the world a better place.
Sometimes the resistance is from the people closest to you like family and friends and sometimes from yourself.
We become comfortable with the limitations we have set for ourselves and idealise about a better or different life without actually believing it’s possible.
Creating a vision for yourself and coming up with your why statement, brings you one step closer to achieving your ideal life.
When you have a strong why, any resistance and all challenges can be overcome.
Remember: When you feel like quitting think about why you started
Stay inspired, keep improving, one step at a time.
Peace,
Adam

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