From an early age, we are focused on one question: Why?
Any parent knows, a toddler and grade school child will ask “why” dozens of times in a day. And, while it may be agitating, it must be answered with something more than “because.” Heck, even as adults we often ask “why me.” Imagine if we were answered “because that’s the way it is” or “because I said so.”
Our desire at an early age to find “the why,” leads to the ability to find “our why” later in life.
It seems pretty simple. Your why is your purpose. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you act the way you act? It makes you, you.
But how do you find, or know, what your why is?
Every situation has two possibilities. When we were young, this was shown in cartoons as an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. The quintessential right or wrong. However, as we grow up we learn it’s not necessarily right or wrong that we are answering. The answers then fall in line with: does it contribute to my why or not.
For some, the question may be: what will make me healthy? Or, what will lead to success?
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why can endure any how.” Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living.
What is my why? To achieve my goals by using what I have learned to help others reach their goals. This comes from growing up in team sports, and living a life of helping others. Yes, I’ve competed in individual sports, and currently am a runner. You may ask how the team first mentality helps you achieve your goals in running.
The running community is a group of great people who motivate each other to be the best you can be. And, our local run groups can be considered our teams. We all have different goals, yet are all running on the same team. So yes, while I’m running for myself, I know I’m running for my team too.
My why also can be seen in a lot of other things I do. Why do I cook? It’s more than a release. It’s a chance to use my creativity and put together a healthy meal for my family and friends that can help fuel their lives.
Why do I write? To tell stories that even if one person learns something from, it’s purpose has been served.
You see, when you find your why, it is present in everything you do. And, as you spread your why to others, it becomes part of them. It leaves your fingerprint on the world, but more importantly is used as a stepping stone for others to build their why.
Ultimately, finding your why will compel you into completing any task you are presented with.