What is Your “Why”?
You’ve heard the phrase, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” I’ve often wondered about that — should we really settle for half the return just to have a sure thing right now? It could be argued, and convincingly, that our love of immediate gratification is why so many people have so much debt now.
Of course, what are those “two birds”, so elusive off in the bush compared to something concrete in your hand now? How do you know you’ll get them? In other words, as you’re looking at that new Flat Screen HDTV, what is competing for your money in your head? Without a solid goal, a vision of the future, there is no reason not to buy that latest toy with your credit card. What else are you going to use the money for? You need to answer the question…”What is my why“?
The Power of Why
This is why each of us needs a convincing ‘Why’. We need to have a vision of the future so compelling that we can see it even more clearly than the new toys in front of us.
My Why is to create passive income that can support my travel with loved ones, while leaving a legacy for my children to give to others without expecting anything in return, and show them their father made a difference in the world in the lives of others.
Financial Freedom is the ability to travel for a year and come back in a better financial situation than when I left. That means I could travel another year and implies repeatability. Read Tim Ferriss’ Book “The 4 Hour Work Week”. It is about designing a career with virtual inventory, few employees, and residual income. It conjures visions of African safaris, sunny beaches, learning martial arts, and hiking around the world hand-in-hand with my family.
Some people have all the money they need with no time to spend it, some have no money and lots of free time. What if you had both? How would your life be different? Would you drive the same car? Live in the same house? Take more vacations?
This knowledge helps to guide my career choices. If what you are doing for work doesn’t have the ability to create passive income, or you don’t have a way to create it, I would encourage you to embrace this principle. It’s the only types of careers I’ve pursued for the last 20 years, and because of that I’m free to travel when I want, where I want, and with who I want to be with. If you can’t imagine what that feels like, I’d truly like to help you get there. That’s part of my “Why” in that I’m driven to help others be more successful, and have a positive impact on their lives.
Developing a Why
What’s your Why? What compels you to get up and go to work each day, to do things you don’t want to, and to put up with your boss? Everyone needs some motivation to keep on track, and it has to be a strong image. What is yours?
If you can’t close your eyes and see your Why in detail, now is a good time to get clarity. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where have you been happiest?
- What were you doing?
- When you close your eyes and picture yourself incredibly happy, what do you see?
- What makes you forget yourself for hours on end?
- When do you feel best about yourself and your surroundings?
- What do you talk about excitedly? What are you most passionate about?
If your passion becomes your purpose, Success is the only option. Desires can be subtle. Maybe you have fond memories of staying somewhere. But it might actually be the time with friends that made the place special. What aspect really touches you?
Find some quiet time to get clear on what moves you, and then visualize it until you can see this compelling future as clearly as your car. You’ll know this is working when you look at something you thought you needed and instead see your Why.
The next step
This is a demanding, complicated world. It takes a lot of work to get good at something, or to get something you really want. I once heard someone say “If you’re willing to do what others won’t do for 2 years, in 2 years you will be able to do things they can only dream about. I also refer to Jim Rohn’s 4 Questions to Ponder:
- Why? Why read books, listen to CD’s, go to personal development seminars, or start a home based business?
- Why Not? What not learn all you can, travel to new places, make more money, retire early, or have a better attitude?
- Why Not Me? If Jim can do it, why can’t I? If Susie can do it, why can’t I?
- Why Not Now? What is holding you or I back from reaching our dreams? What negative beliefs creap in to hold us back? Why work hard when you could just watch TV? Why save for some undetermined future when you could watch it on a bigger TV? I think that’s the opportunity the right network marketing company can give you if you’re looking for ways to increase your personal income.
Most successful people have spent thousands of hours perfecting what they do. They have a vision of the future and their place in it. Otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered with all the work it took to get there. Yet most successful people would tell you that they loved the process — the challenge, the passion, the fun! They’ve found a vision of the future that compels and excites them, and that’s the difference. That’s why they are where they are.
In fact, that’s why we all are where we are — our previous beliefs and vision of the future. Do what you’ve always done, and you’ll have what you’ve always had. Create a vision that moves you to do things you’ve never done before, and you’ll find yourself in new, wonderful places. Once you have a Why, no matter how unlikely, the How becomes a lot easier and more enjoyable.
What’s your Why? What do you visualize in the morning to get yourself going? What motivates you to do everything you do? Find THAT out, and start focusing on it today!
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