What is your why?
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
- Everyone knows what they do (the products we sell; services we offer; the jobs we do)
- We all know how we do it
- But few people know why they do it
For instance, most people will say we go to work each day for the money, but money is the result of what we do and not what inspires us to get out bed every morning. So think about what does money mean to you? Is it freedom? Travel? Lifestyle?
Most of us live our lives by accident. We live as it happens. We wake up, go to work, deal with people, come home, manage our personal life, go to bed, wake up, repeat. That’s plenty to deal with every day so why complicate things by trying to also understand why we do what we do?
The answer is simple. Fulfilment comes when we live our lives on purpose. When we discover our way, we are better able to find the clarity and confidence to choose the career, community and relationships that are most likely to inspire and motivate us to grow and succeed.
Once you understand your why, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behaviour when you are at your natural best.
It’s one of life’s greatest joys to wake up in the morning, every morning with a clear sense of why that day and every day matters.
Knowing your why gives you a filter to make choices, at work and at home, that will help you find greater fulfilment in all that you do. Your why is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.
The 10 Benefits of Knowing Your Purpose in Life
Ever thought about what your purpose is in life? Some of us live our entire lives trying to figure out the purpose of our existence. Some people fail, and some people succeed. And then there are those people who know their purpose, but still, they get diverted from them.
When you know the purpose of your life, you tend to live a more meaningful existence than those who don’t. You tend to live each day to the fullest because you know who you are, where you’re coming from, and where you’re going.
There’s no greater gift than to honour your life’s calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.
– Oprah Winfrey
- It helps you stay focused
When you know your life’s purpose, it becomes easier to focus on what matters the most in your life. By keeping the focus on one particular goal, you are able to find your direction and stay away from the distractions.
- It makes you feel passionate about your goal
Knowing your purpose helps you find your true passion, and the passion becomes an important driver for you to achieve something extraordinary. Whether it is a childhood dream or a newly adopted lifestyle, the passion will push you to reach your goals.
- It gives your life clarity
People who know their purpose in life are unstoppable. They are true to their purpose and shape their life accordingly. People who don’t know their purpose in life are not clear about what they want, and therefore waste their time on futile things.
- It makes you feel gratified
When you have a purpose in life, you express it constantly and base your decisions, thoughts, feelings and actions around that overarching purpose. A person who knows their purpose tends to make a greater impact through their work, which encourages a feeling of gratification.
- It enables you to live a value-based life
With purpose come values, which are an integral aspect of a person’s life. Values are the rules that guide our decisions in life and help define our goals. They are what tell us when we’re on the right path or wrong path, and help us find and connect with others who share our way of viewing the world.
- It makes you live with integrity
Knowing your purpose in life helps you live life with integrity. People who know their purpose in life know who they are, what they are, and why they are. And when you know yourself, it becomes easier to live a life that’s true to your core values.
- It encourages trust
People who know their purpose report a surprising increase in synchronicity and serendipity in their lives. With all this comes a deepening of trust and faith in other people, hence they consider themselves an integral part of the universe.
- It infuses an element of grace in your life
People living their lives with a purpose often report being living their life with grace as well. This quote by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sums up the idea and intention at its best: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” When you commit to living your life with a purpose, amazing things can happen.
- It helps you find a flow in life
People who find their purpose tend to live in the flow of the universal stream of consciousness. They allow things to happen and change in their life rather than fighting against it. They tend to challenge themselves and battle against their fears.
- It makes life even more fun
When people know their purpose in life, they enjoy every minute of it. They are able to take pleasure in living a purpose-driven life and are better at tackling every situation in a creative way. Even the dullest thing becomes beautiful and creative when you’re motivated by purpose.
The benefits of living a purpose-driven life are clear. When you live your life with a sense of purpose, you begin living positively and start seeking out new opportunities. You start experiencing everything that you feel will make a difference.
So if you are still looking for the purpose of your life, don’t put it off any longer. Make it a priority, and you might soon find the peace and serenity that comes from leading a purpose-driven life.