If you’re like me, it may seem like a very long time since things were normal! I heard a couple talking yesterday saying, “I’m so happy it’s back to normal.” That made me wonder-what is normal? Are we really back to the way things were before March 2020? I think searching for answers to these questions can be a healthy exercise to motivate yourself and others. Over the course of the rest of the year, I’ll share some ideas of how to do just that.
Find your WHY
Find a compelling reason for why you are doing what you are doing. Turn this into a one-liner. Mine is: “If I fail, I will not only let myself down, but also my wife, my children, and the community I serve”. Every time I feel demotivated, that WHY keeps me going. It helps me refocus and move forward.
The whole concept of WHY is grounded in the biology of human decision-making. Your why is the one constant in your life. It’s a guide toward your fulfillment in both your personal and professional life.
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure anyhow.’ 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 (versus merely surviving!). Only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are down, and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging, and more rewarding trajectory.
Perhaps these four questions can help get you started:
1. What makes you come alive?
2. What are your inner strengths?
3. Where do you add the greatest value?
4. How will you measure your life?
Enjoy finding your why and motivating yourself to jump headfirst into the new normal!