What is your WHY?

Why? Why are you doing what you are doing? Why are you going after the dreams that you are pursuing? What is your why?

This is a term used a lot in the personal development world, and it was something that I couldn’t grasp for the longest time. It was so ingrained in me to think about the how, not the why. I knew what I wanted for my life, and all I think about was how to get there.

The problem with how is that there is a disconnect between where you are today and where you want to be. Logically you can rationalize the how. You can create a step by step plan of action. But what happens when something doesn’t go the way you expect it to? Or if something comes up that you weren’t expecting? Or you don’t feel as pulled to complete each step - it’s easy to get lost along the way of “how” through procrastination and disinterest.

But if you know “why” you are doing something, you can always go back to that when the “how” doesn’t make sense anymore. I’ve had to go back to my why lately and re-adjust how I am going about achieving my goals. The big picture is big, like Oprah big, so it can be really overwhelming when I try to piece together all of the individual “how” steps that it is going to take. The steps seem to stretch out in front of me endlessly when I try to rationalize the “how”.

Why I am doing what I am doing makes each step achievable. Baby steps. One foot in front of the other.

If I am following my why, I can enjoy each step and adjust as I need to. I can find gratitude in each step, instead of feeling like I am racing against the clock. If I don’t ever end up at my end goal that’s okay because I’ve followed my why and made each step memorable.

If you’re feeling lost, or discouraged with where you are today, go back to your why? Why are you doing what you are doing? What change do you want to see in your life and why?

If you are content in your life right now, remembering your why can be very gratifying to remind you that you are on the right path and doing what you are meant to be doing! It’s just a gentle reminder to keep going!

What is your why? Have a good week!

Ruth Montgomery