“…To be free. To travel. To have a healthy, supporting, loving family. To continuously learn and develop. To be happy and enjoy new experiences. To have fun. To create, educate, inspire, excite, transform lives, make a difference…”
This quote is taken from my “why” statement. It is much longer so I’ve just chosen a few of the most powerful lines
I read my “why” statement every morning, before I kick start my day.
I wrote my why statement about 2 weeks ago.
Since then, wonderful things have started coming into my life. No, writing the why statement is not the only thing I did. But once I had it written down, I felt much much better. Much more relaxed.
Because when your “why” is clear, everything suddenly makes sense.
Everything you do gets a new meaning.
Suddenly, it makes perfect sense to do things like:
- Pouring coffee at Starbucks, getting orders from ego-driven supervisors, carrying heavy, smelly, dripping rubbish bags(not fun.)
- Chopping bananas and carrying 20kg carrot bags at the juice factory (not fun at all.)
- Writing articles for $5 per 500 words (flipping burgers could me more fun…)
- Spending over an hour writing replying a single email at times.
Everything makes sense because you know that you’ve got a reason to get up in the morning and you’re no longer a victim reacting to circumstances like most people believe they are. You’re in control, you’re the captain of the ship which is your life and everything you do, yes everything, takes you a few miles further to your destination. And you’re enjoying every minute, well, almost every minute, because you know you’re in the flow and be being present you’re putting all your energy into anything you do.
You’re not yet another call center worker, but rather you’re giving the best customer service you can possibly give.
You’re making the perfect cappuccino to the hard working London folk, so they start their day on the right foot.
You’re producing the perfect fruit juices so that people can enjoy their lunch breaks and be more productive at work, thus providing more value to their clients and companies.
Everything matters. Every single moment and action bears a meaning. Everything and everyone are connected. Every fragment is part of a bigger picture, another piece assembling your life’s jigsaw.
And no, while goals are important as well, they are entirely different.
“To have fun” – the why; “To visit Disneyland” – the goal
“To create, educate, inspire…” – the why; “To become a world renowned public speaker” – the goal
The “why “is a general statement about your destiny, about the reason you’re actually going through all of this journey. Your personal raison d’être, if you like. It has to be something really big, really meaningful, something that will make you thrilled and excited each time you read it. Something that keeps you up at night and a worthy reason to get up in the morning. Some call it a “vision statement” but it’s basically the same thing.
The goals are the fragments, when you break down the why jigsaw. They are much more detailed, much more specific, and some people like to give them dates.
- I highly encourage you to read follow Jaime Tardy’s tips on how to set your goals and write down your “why.” She explains it very clearly and I’ve followed her guidance when writing down my why statement. She’s a very nice lady and I’m sure she’d love to hear from you and answer your questions.
- Edel O’Mahony is my spiritual inspiration and she can really teach you how to set goals and write down your gratitude statements. I like her approach because she teaches methods that actually work. I know because they’ve worked for me, time and time again. I’d urge you to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and to join her on her path of the peaceful warrior.
Now let’s talk about you for a second…
Have you written a why statement? Goals?
Can you share some of them here, so that we all get excited?
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