In today’s post, I want to revisit the concept of your why. If you’ll recall, your why is essentially your reason for pursuing a particular goal or resolution in the first place. It’s the underlying factor that guides your actions. That’s why it’s so important to understand it. Sometimes we think we understanding our reasoning for wanting something, and we don’t ever question or examine it. It’s my opinion that you have to truly get up close and personal with your purpose if you truly want to succeed at something. 

More About Your Why

Your why tells you what’s really important to you. It lets you prioritize your goals and helps to ensure you’re not going after something that isn’t what you truly want. Without knowing your why, it’s easy to end up chasing a dream that doesn’t suit you. I use the word “purpose” interchangeably with the idea of why. That’s because I think your why honestly should be the purpose behind everything you do. Having a goal without fully understanding your why is setting yourself up for a difficult journey, at best, and failure, at worst.

The Importance of Your Why

The why of your resolution is important for a number of reasons. It gives you a better understanding of yourself. To fully understand why you are doing something requires self-examination. This sometimes scares people, but I can assure you it’s worth it for the results it can bring. Knowing your why provides you with a guide to follow. Without it, you’re lost and are simply moving toward what you hope is the right destination. That’s no way to get what you want. If you find yourself too lost on your journey, there’s a good chance you’ll never get where you want to be. Having a thorough understanding of your why is one of the best motivators around. You can pull it out when times are the hardest. Because it’s such a deeply personal aspect based on your core values, your why should resonate with you strongly enough to move you past the challenges.

Tips for Finding Your Why

Finding your why basically boils down to asking yourself a lot of questions. The answers will help you to determine whether the goal or resolution you have in mind thoroughly resonates with you or if you should either tweak it a bit or scrap it entirely. Grab a pen and paper to take notes as you evaluate each goal. Write down the reasons this particular target is important to you. If you have to struggle, chances are this aspiration isn’t an authentic fit and will be difficult to achieve. Next, jot down how you will feel or what you will gain from achieving this goal. Finally, just ask yourself if reaching this milestone will make you happy. You’ll learn a lot from that question alone.

You can probably tell I’m quite passionate about the concept of using your why in goal setting. I highly recommend you get in touch with your own purpose in pursuing the goals you choose as we continue in this process. You’re likely to discover so much.