Today, let’s talk about motivation.
“Know your why.”
The first time I was given this advice was a couple years ago while I was attending a drop-in entrepreneur workshop that a friend invited me to and the speaker was discussing motivation to fulfill our goals.
Essentially, knowing your why is about knowing exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing and keeping your eyes on the prize as you work.
That advice was an important lesson for me, a person with many ideas and ambitions, but who often gets stuck in a rut of perfectionism, which stops me from moving forward.
By being able to visualize the bigger picture, my why, so to speak, I was reminded of the end goal of my goals, which ultimately is what drives and motivates me to focus on the finish line.
This is a lesson that immensely helped me understand the power of motivation in my life and the role of it in propelling me to take proactive action to make my goals come into fruition.
Projectees, knowing your why… is pivotal to achieving your goals!
I often have discussions with people on the topic of motivation (“How can I get things done when I don’t feel like it?” or “How do I find the motivation to finish this task?”) usually revolving around common things such as school, chores, and reaching fitness and health goals in life.
People often make resolutions every year, but fail at following through with them. Why? Lack of motivation and losing sight of the bigger picture of why they set the goal, probably.
So the best advice for finding motivation is identifying a reason why the goal matters to you. When you know your why it makes the task of tackling all of your goals more motivating.
The thing is, your why, has to truly matter to you.
What do I mean about that? Let me explain… Your why should be the visualization of the bigger picture, your motivating goal-driver.
Perhaps your long-term goal is to have a sustainable and engaging career in a field that you are passionate about working in, and before that, you have got to get through school.
I know, I know. When it comes to something seemingly daunting like a 20-page research paper for school, your inner voice probably doesn’t scream, “I can’t wait to do this long paper!”
In fact, you’re probably dreading your assignments. It can be easy to lose motivation.
…Which is why it’s so important to know and remember your why.
But the reason you’re in school? Most likely, to partake in a meaningful career. That’s your why.
When you’re studying for your midterms and stressing out, remember your why and let that be the driving motivation for what pushes you through the tedious and trying seasons.
The road ahead to our goals can be a long and laborious one, and it’s easy to get stuck, but remembering your why keeps you motivated when the going gets tough. I know it does for me.
Projectees, I’d like to hear from you…
What projects are you working on this season and what goals do you have for yourself this year?
What are they and what’s your why?
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Love and light,