Start with Why, that is the premise of Simon Sinek’s book of the same name. Start with your motivation, your purpose, and they will not lead you astray. When you first think about why you want to do something, the actions you take as a result of that, and how you do them, will be in alignment.
Your why, how and what will create a powerful trinity that propels you towards your dream, and at the same time closer to authenticity. Closer to being the person you are meant to be. Closer to living your purpose.
What is your why?
It is your intrinsic motivation. It is the thing that drives you. It is what fuels your passion. It is what gets you out of bed when you really would rather have five more minutes. It is your core reason for wanting the things you want.
I’ve been thinking about my Why for a while, though I didn’t exactly call it that. Since the beginning of Kaizen Journaling, I’ve shared my purpose for doing this. I even wrote a post to explain why Kaizen Journaling was about much more than journaling tips and techniques.
But since I read Start With Why, I’ve been digging deep, and I want to share my Why with you.
The why does not come from looking ahead at what you want to achieve and figuring out an appropriate strategy to get there. It is not born out of any market research. It does not come from extensive interviews with customers or even employees. It comes from looking in the completely opposite direction from where you are now. Finding why is a process of discovery, not invention.
- Simon Sinek
The process of discovery is a gradual one. I’ve been on that journey for a long time, and not surprisingly, the medium I use is journaling. After reading this book, when I specifically thought about my Why, it did not take long to come up with the answer because I’ve been discovering it for years.
My why is to be the best I can be, and to encourage others to do the same. It’s about inspiring people to create their Kaizen life. It’s about believing in individual potential. Happy and fulfilled individuals create a happy and fulfilled world. If each of us reached for the stars, if we reach for what we could accomplish, just imagine the sheer level of our collective potential.
Why do I care about individual potential?
I think each of us has a unique gift. Whether it’s a skill, a strength or a particular passion – we all have something, through which we can make our mark in this world. I believe, we owe it to ourselves and to others to use that strength and passion.
My strength is my passion and my drive to continuously push myself to be the best I can be. Both to achieve things, and also as a human being. My strength is to have complete belief and faith in the power of authenticity and in the power of individualism. Because I believe in it wholeheartedly, everything I do, and everything I want to accomplish is driven by that.
I choose to do things because they meet my why. Because they allow me to be authentic. Because they allow me to keep growing and keep learning.
That is my why, and so that is the gift I share with others. I encourage them to be their unique, authentic self, and keep growing and learning. I encourage them to live their Kaizen Life. This blog is also an avenue for that.
When you are clear about your why, when you know what motivates you and why you want the things you want, goals become easier. Tasks may be harder, and the time required to accomplish them may be long, but when you are clear about your why, your passion sustains you.
Why you want things is more important than what you want. Why you want things is more important than how you get them. What you want may change over time. How you want to achieve things may also change. But your why does not change.
Your why is a part of your personality. It stems from who you are, and that is why, as Simon Sinek said, why is not about invention. It’s about discovery.
To encourage each of you to discover your why, I’ve created a free Pdf worksheet that you can download. Simply enter your email address in the box below (if you are already subscribed, don’t worry, you won’t be double subscribed), and you will be taken to the download page.