Have you ever started with asking yourself WHY before you state the WHAT?
I remember the day I said I wanted to have weight loss surgery. It had been an uphill battle for so many years and I struggled with trying to win the “diet” challenge. I lost every time, sinking into a deeper state of depression and emotionally feeling like a failure.
WHAT I wanted to do was really easy to say. I want to lose weight. I want to get healthy. I want to exercise. I want to eat right. I want to shop for trendy clothes in normal stores. I want to better my life. I want be there for my family and children. I want to excel in my career. I want to make my parents proud. I want, I want, I want … Wanting is so easy.
WHY is a whole different world. During my 125lb weight loss the what’s came easy. As I unexpectedly began to regain weight (which they say is normal after 2 years), I found myself asking WHY. Did I every really know the why before I began this process? WHY is so very important and I had to give myself as much time as it took to find the answers.
Best-selling author Simon Sinek has a book called Finding Your Why. He demonstrates the Golden Circle and says, “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”
WHAT – Your role, wants, desires
HOW – Your strengths, values and guiding principles
WHY – Your purpose, passion, cause or belief.
Your WHY is significant. Sure I know I am great at what I do, but WHY I come to work every day is what matters most. I want to change lives. Knowing our why is our passion and mission.
If you have said “what” first, I hope you will take all the time you need to find your “why”. It’s made such a difference in my life and I know it will help you too.
Peace & Blessings,