What Is Your Why & How To Find It

what is your why
what is your why
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Daily Blog #303

What is it that you want to be doing with your life? What do you believe to be your purpose for living your life? Think about the things that you do from the minute that you get up to the minute that you go to bed.

Now ask yourself, what is your why? Why is it that you want to achieve a certain goal in life? Why do you believe your purpose to be what you currently believe it is? Why do you get yourself out of bed in the morning and do the things that you do throughout the day only to lay your head down at night and do it all over again tomorrow?

I am not asking you these questions to try and confuse you (even though I have officially confused myself just by asking them). I am asking you these questions because I want you to think deeply about your life for a moment. Why is it that you choose to live? Yeah, it’s a deep question to ask, but listen to your heart and answer the question.

For me, this hasn’t always been the easiest question to answer. Had you have asked me this same question a year ago, two years ago, heck even ten years ago, my answer would have been, “To be famous, to make millions of dollars, or both.”

Now I don’t know if I would have actually said this, or if I would have said something that I thought you would just like to hear, but this was my why for a long, long time. The thought of making millions and/or becoming famous somehow was how I was able to muster up the strength every day just to pull myself out of bed. I don’t want to say anything too negative about my past, but my values were definitely not where they should have been.

While fighting depression was one of the worst things to ever happen to my life, it was also one of the best things that happened to me. It made me think about my life in ways that I had never thought before, it made me question my why, and it made me focus on living a new why – a why that I am proud to be living.

My why today? To simply live a better life today than I did yesterday, and to do everything in my control to make the world a better place today than it was yesterday. While some may see this as too vague of a goal to have, or a goal that is unattainable, it is one that works for me. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning, and it is what gives me the strength and excitement to live my best life each and every day.

This doesn’t mean that I am not expecting life to be easy or problem free. But only I have the ability to control my perceptions. I can choose to see failure as something that is negative, or I can choose to see failure as something positive – a way that I am able to learn from my experiences and challenge myself.  

So why is asking yourself what your why is important to your life? Because it is what will motivate you all throughout your life. It is what is going to give you the strength to wake up each and every day, and it is what is going to give you the courage and motivation to imagine the life that you want to live while taking the necessary action to achieve that life.

Once you have your why, you will then have a clear path towards your goals. Every time that you think about quitting on yourself, or every time that you experience some sense of doubt and fear, you will be able to call on your why. You will remember why it is that you are doing the things that you are doing, and you will have an easier time taking charge of your life.

Your why will ultimately become your life. It will be the reasoning behind doing the things that you do on a daily basis, it will be the piece that holds together all of the relationships in your life, and it is the what will give you the strength to get out of bed every morning and live the life that you desire to live.

Your why can make you, or it can break you. It is up to you which one you allow to happen, so think long and hard, and ask yourself what is your why.

Michael Bonnell



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