Have you ever really stopped and thought about why you do what you do? Why you get up and go to work everyday? Why do you do what you do? Why is that important? Why is it important to you?
Defining your “why”
We do this activity in our Mindset workshops to set the focus for the session and find some very interesting results. Take a blank sheet of paper, and at the very bottom write a summary sentence of your “why”.
Now ask yourself, “Why is that important?”
And again, “Why is that important to me?”
And again. You should end up with something like the following:
Did your answer surprise you?
What did you realise about your answer? Keep in mind, there are no right or wrong answers here, just your honest purpose or reason for doing what you’re doing. It could be for monetary value, a sense of belonging, a feeling of contributing/giving back, to express your creativity, to give more…. the list goes on.
Is it intrinsic or extrinsic? Regardless, it is far easier to get the job done when you are connected to your “why”. What matters most is you are aware of what drives you; your purpose.
We’ve spoken about context previously (another word for purpose) and if you missed it I would encourage you to read it (The importance of context). We view purpose, or context, as a light in a storm, it guides us when we can see no other direction. It gives us a security and reassurance and allows us to focus on one single point that will take us in the direction of home.
“Why” is important for your mindset
We start off our Mindset workshops with this activity because it is important to be aware of your why/purpose/context in order to really shape a strong mental focus. When you are focused and have a purpose, small things don’t affect you and bigger things appear more like positive challenges for growth rather than pessimistic obstacles.
If you are struggling to define your why or connect to a purpose around what you do, this could be contributing to your procrastination, a lack of interest in your work, a feeling of being overwhelmed and even adding undue stress and anxiety to your day.
For more help on defining your why, or to get more focused on achieving your goals for 2018, contact us today.