Do you ever feel ungrounded in your work?
Studies indicate more than 80% of the US population are unhappy in their jobs. Many people go through the motions every day without a sense of higher purpose or direction. They struggle with defining their cause and pinpointing their inner motivations.
If you find yourself nodding in agreement, then chances are you haven’t identified your Why. Many people get a glimpse of their Why momentarily, only for it to disappear into the abyss as the changes and challenges of life take center stage.
Before I immersed myself into my coaching practice, I had a nagging feeling that something was missing in both my career and my life. I was accomplished, but never relished my achievements. I lacked deep satisfaction and was always on a quest for the next thing.
Finding my Why has done more for my personal and professional development than any other training, book, or coaching approach I’ve tried.
The people I work with tend to agree. The day after one client found her Why, she wrote, “This morning, I woke up feeling more whole and complete than I can ever remember.”
Who doesn’t want to feel like that?
Here are 5 more reasons it’s important to Find Your Why:
1. It grounds you in who you are and who you are becoming.
Finding Your Why allows you to see the choices you’ve made throughout your life in a new light. You can see the big picture. You not only gain perspective on your strengths and weaknesses but also how they’ve played out and made you who you are today.
A client shared:
I had no idea how much this work would amp up my self-love. And talk about seeing everything through a light of love–it transformed some of my old stories like I never imagined possible. I feel like I have a whole new relationship with myself.
2. It gives you the power and authority to lead your life knowing what you stand for.
When you uncover your Why, your inner motivations will be revealed. This allows you to stand up for what you believe in from a position of strength, knowing exactly who you are and what you believe.
One client struggling with whether to take a huge promotion with increased leadership responsibility shared, “Finding my Why was an essential part of building the confidence I needed to take that leap and pursue the next steps in my career; I was amazed at how much easier everything came into play once I was clear.”
3. You become a more effective communicator and leader.
When you talk about your Why, people who share your beliefs will be drawn to you.
Like a politician that can’t drum up enough support for their cause—if you can’t communicate why you are doing what you’re doing, it’s hard for people to support you.
Contrast this with someone who inspires you to grow. They’ve likely shared their convictions with you and you believe in their cause.
4. It helps you build resiliency in times of change.
When you are deeply connected to who you are and understand why you do the things you do, you can take a step back in stressful conditions and gain perspective before acting.
By accepting and honoring your weaknesses and leading with your strengths, you radiate authenticity and are less likely to be drawn into battle with colleagues, friends, and family. Through awareness, you gain objectivity and reduce reactivity.
5. It gives you direction and clarity in decision-making.
When you know what is important to you and why, you have a solid foundation for making decisions. You are able to start each day doing what you love and what you want to do because the decisions you make –where you spend your time, energy and money, and the way you work—are all aligned with your Why and the conditions in which you thrive.
In short, your Why is what drives you, gives you energy and deeper satisfaction. It’s ultimately your reason for being that gives you direction and serves as a guiding light allowing you to be all you can be.
John Chipponeri says
Thanks for this blog! Settling on my ‘new’ WHY is exactly where I am in life. After a 32 year corporate career and a 31 year marriage ended in the past two years, I am in the process of defining the ‘new’ me and the WHY is starting to to come into shape but I am need of finding the right structure to implement my WHY.