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Searching for your WHY- How to find your purpose

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It started with a single one word question—“Why?”

Pre-child, 25 years old and a manager in a corporate setting.  It was 2011 and I was asked this question in a meeting by my boss at the time.

“What’s your Why?” He challenged us to find our why with the idea that “If your why doesn’t make you cry….find another why.”

It was the first time I heard the “Why” concept and I was intrigued. My why?…What was my Why? How do I find my Why? And—How does that relate to what I’m doing here….in a Corporate setting?

I’m a rules-follower, list-checker type of person… so of course my natural instinct was to explore more of what this Why was and how I could find one. I read books like this one, or this one.  Listened to TED talks. Even journaled a bit in search of what my Why was.

Was it my Husband? My family? Myself? I was on a search of finding something I could call my Why.

Finding my Why required much more than text book reading and hours of watching TED talks. Because, when my boss was asking us for our Why….what he was really asking us to do, is to search for our purpose.

Why do I work as hard as I do? What drives me? What keeps me motivated? What is my purpose?

What I’ve learned over the years is that your purpose—your WHY— requires a lifelong pursuit of intention. Being intentional in what you do with your purpose (and WHY) in mind.

It’s a simple question to consider—What is your Why? Because your Why will compel you to work harder, fight for what you want and have the endurance to tackle all of the challenges that life throws your way.

I’ll have to share my personal story of my WHY at a later time. But, for you…here are some tips and advice on what you can do to get closer to identifying your Why.

Imagine your life exactly how you want it—WHO is there? For many people, their Why is a person (or people) who are their biggest support system. When you’ve identified WHO you are working so hard for, it’s easier to keep that in mind as you face challenges on your pathway to your ideal future.

Speaking of which, what is your ideal future? Think of what you are striving for in life….is it happiness? Close relationships and friendships? Is it success? Consider those questions and reflect on what your ideal future looks like. WRITE IT DOWN. Writing down your ideal future will put you one step closer to actually achieving it.

Think of your legacy. What do you want to be known for? Spend some time reflecting on the legacy you want to leave behind when you leave this Earth. When you’ve defined how you want to be remembered, your daily actions become much more purposeful.

 

 

It’s a great time to begin reflecting and narrowing down what your WHY and TRUE purpose is. I challenge YOU to start defining your WHY.

What is YOUR WHY? I’d love to hear from you– Share in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Searching for your WHY- How to find your purpose

  1. My family is and will always be my WHY! I have always worked close to home so I was able to attend ball games, dance and voice recitals and hockey games. No matter what day or what time…I was there to support and cheer my kids, nieces and nephews.
    My grandsons are my everything! I love them so much and feel so blessed that I get to spend lots of time with them. The time we spend playing outside, pretending, singing, playing games and going to the park are priceless. I love that we have such a close relationship! Their genuine hugs and kisses on the cheek are all I need to feel completely fullfilled.
    I want to make a difference. Our children are the future leaders and it’s so important to teach them morals, values, respect and how to deal with the daily struggles.
    My family loves spending time together. Meals, church, having conversations, playing games and doing crafts or projects together. All phones and technology off except for taking pictures. The simple things matter when it comes to kids. Teach them how to cook or volunteer together. We must be the example for the next generation in order for them to be a strong independent generation.

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