What is your ‘Why’?
What is your ‘Why’? Is it time for a review? I recently wrote a blog post about motivation and the fact that you often have to start something before you feel motivated to do it (which can seem a little ironic, when you think about it). I thought that I would write a follow-up blog about the fact that it is important to determine your ‘Why’ when you are starting to do something. What do I mean by this? I am talking about what drives you to take action. Your driver should be connected to your vision.
Identify your ‘Why’ in what you are currently doing
Your ‘Why’ should be something that you are passionate about. If you are passionate about achieving something that should spur you on. However, sometimes there are things that we may do due to a sense of expectation (from other people), feeling duty-bound (by ourselves) or various other reasons that don’t really relate to our passion, or drive. If that is the case, it is worth questioning whether they are things that we really do need or want to do. There may be times when we need to do something that wouldn’t be our choice but it is a necessity. In this case, we may not have as much motivation as we would have if it were something that we would choose. However, when we set new goals, it is good to set goals that we do feel motivated or driven to achieve.
Set new goals around your ‘Why’
When setting new goals, make them your goals, and not things that others would like you to do. You need to take ownership of your goals if you are going to be truly committed to achieving them. You should have an important driver or ‘Why’ to want to achieve them. They should be things that you are passionate about achieving and that you, therefore, have an emotional connection to as this will spur you on.
Don’t forget to review your goals regularly
It is worth reviewing your goals regularly and if you are struggling do some self-analysis. Perhaps the ‘Why’ that you had at the beginning, when you set your goals is no longer relevant. Perhaps it is no longer important due to other things in your life that have become more important to you? This is why many people struggle with their goals – they may not be the right goals for them, even if they were at one time. If your circumstances have changed, don’t be afraid of changing or tweaking your goals so they become more meaningful to you again.
Don’t forget to enjoy the journey to achieving your goals. Happiness should be found in the journey and not just at the destination. Life is short so make your goals meaningful and reward yourself when you achieve them – after all, you are worth it – so don’t forget that!
Further help if you are finding it hard to identify your ‘Why’…
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