Why do you exist? Why do you do what you do?
Welcome back Why Team member!
I hope this post finds you well and encouraged. This week's topic is on the importance of knowing your personal Why. Why do you exist? Why do you do what you do? Why are you excited, or not so excited to get out of bed every morning. The quality of one's Why determines the quality of one's life. Consider that together we are better, thus the Why that elevates others best elevates oneself.
Recently Dr Kevin Elko in one of his messages encourages us to ask ourselves: Have I met me? At this very moment, we may think that we know ourselves, but are we the same when excitement overpowers us, when adversity strikes? How many times, during key moments of our lives, have you heard: “go back to the basics?” What is the “spiritual” basic? It’s our Why.
For many years now, my Why has been simply to positively impact as many lives as I can before I die. But recently, Brian Johnson, creator of PhilosophersNotes (which I highly recommend,) inspired me to reflect again on my personal Why by sharing his own. Here is his: "I’m committed to creating an authentically awesome life—expressing as much love, creativity, kindness, generosity, enthusiasm, courage, wisdom, inspiration, joy and overall goodness as I can in service to my Wife, my children, my family, my friends, my community and the world."
Subscribe to PhilosphersNotes and you'll find that he is living his Why, and to the great benefit of others. No doubt we could simply adopt his well written Why, but it's likely to be more impactful if we write one that is more personal. Statistic shows we are more likely to achieve a goal if we write it down, I don’t see why a Personal Why can’t be better lived if written down. Here is the rewrite of my own personal Why:
"To positively impact as many lives as I can before I die through a truthful relationship with God, my Wife, children, family, friends and community. Knowing that the opportunities to BE more are limitless - inviting me to let go, receive, grow, expand and give; becoming more from the inside out and thus Being more for others. Receiving and giving Love, Kindness and Gratitude. Connecting to the divine abundance of life, allowing it to flow into and through me into the lives of others. Being fully myself, sowing possibilities within and without. Being a reflection to all I encounter of the lifting energy that is within our being."
"And in the End, the Love we Take, is equal to the Love we Make."
-The End, by John Lennon & Paul McCartney (The last song recorded by all four members of the Beatles.)
Live and Die your Why. Knowing that the more connected you are to your Why, the more fulfilling and rewarding your life. Your Why can guide you through the darkest valleys of life and keep hope alive. The What's and How's are best answered by your Why.
Stay connected to your Why and you'll make it a great week, month, year and life.