“What Is My WHY?” – Understanding Your Purpose In Life
Knowing your “Why” means understanding why you do the things you do. It’s the reason you do the things you do. The reason why you MUST. The drive that motivates you to get to work each morning and take care of business.
For many, their why comes from necessity. You have to pay the bills and support your family. It comes from a sense of obligation to do what needs to be done without regard for your own wants and desires. This is where many of us get lost from time to time. We forget that we have dreams and a passion for the things we love.
If you’re asking “What is my why?” – It is the REASON you do the things you do.
Why do you work so hard? Why do you get up early and stay up late? Who is it all for? Are you doing it to make someone proud? Maybe you’re doing it all to give your family a better life than you experienced. We all have different reasons, and if you dig deep you will soon understand your WHY.
Your ‘WHY’ and your job DO NOT have to be linked. It’s possible you don’t currently LOVE your job, but you do it for your WHY – You work hard and sacrifice for your WHY.
It is important to know there are many people who truly love their job. It is their passion and they get to do the things they love the most and actually make a living from it. It’s like getting paid to take part in your own hobby! For those who aren’t so lucky, being able to say that you at least enjoy your work is important. It gives you a sense of security so you can look beyond work and learn how to embrace your family, friends, and everything around you.
“What Is My WHY?” – Is It Linked To My Work?
It is helpful in understanding that your WHY and your PURPOSE are not the same thing. Your WHY is the reason you do the things you do (Maybe for your family, to prove something to someone or yourself) – Your PASSION or PURPOSE is your mission in life. It might be your work, your contribution to others, your art or creations.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek
Your WHY shouldn’t cause you stress, rather it should motivate and inspire you to do better and BECOME a better person.
It should be the light to your darkness and the fuel that will take you wherever you must go.
Find the reasons why you smile. Look for the things that make you happy. Embrace your “WHY” and nurture it to the fullest possible extent.
Your “why” is unique to you, just like your fingerprint. No one else’s will be the same. In a way, your “why” completes the definition of who you are. It’s a signature of sorts that makes you stand out and gives you the flair that puts the cap on your personality. Embrace your “why” and learn to love yourself for who you are. There is only one YOU!