Finding Your Why

Finding your why

Finding Your Why

Finding your why is not about asking why but instead knowing you’re why. Knowing your purpose, the reason for existence, what you are here to do, your true north.

Knowing your purpose, your reason for existence will propel you forward — and give you wings to find your “wow!” Open up a whole new world by discovering what makes you tick. 

“Nothing gives a person inner wholeness and peace like a distinct understanding of where they are going.” – Thomas Oppong.

In today’s age, the pursuit of happiness has become a right. Even the most ordinary person knows that our time is best spent when we’re in good spirits and enjoying ourselves. Because of this, many of us search for “our why” in life. Some find their purpose, while others struggle to find their meaning.

What is my “why”?

It’s a question that most people have at some point in their life asked. There are many different kinds of “why” questions that we all ask ourselves each day. Finding your purpose in life is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself because it gives you direction and purpose. Since it is essential to ask yourself, “Why?” this post will provide you with strategies for finding your purpose in life. 

The Key Benefits of Knowing Your Why 

When you know your why you can focus on what truly matters, in a world of distractions, it can be tough to stay focused and do what is best for yourself and others. However, when you know your why, you can focus on what truly matters and not get sidetracked by trivial pursuits.

It infuses you with passion.

When you know your purpose in life and have a vision for your future, you are driven to succeed. Your passion is fuelled by the belief that every step forward is one step closer to achieving what you want — your purpose.

It keeps you focused on your goals.

Your life purpose is the central focus of a meaningful life. It keeps you focused on what matters most in all situations. Your life purpose will help you avoid distractions and achieve your goals. You’ll apply your life purpose at work, at home, and in social settings.

It helps you live a long healthy life.

Many studies have shown that there are benefits to having a purpose in life. Some of these include increased mental well-being, longevity and satisfaction with life. The benefits become more noticeable as the stresses of everyday life become less prominent. 

It helps builds resilience.

People who have a greater sense of purpose in life are better at finding meaning in setbacks they experience than those who don’t have a strong sense of purpose. Achieving a balance between work and play is key to bouncing back from setbacks quickly. To do this, you need to know your core values and live by them. Finding meaning in your setbacks is an excellent way for you to grow as a person. It can be challenging to see the silver lining of failure, but it’s possible to find happiness in any situation with the right mindset and firm resolve.

It allows you to live a life with integrity.

When life’s purpose is clear and true, then life is lived from a place of genuine passion. When a person lives in ways aligned with their purpose in life, they don’t have to pretend they love their job. Their passion is what fuels their work, rather than the other way around. As a result, they don’t live a life of pretending. Instead, they can show up authentically and put forth their best effort.

Now that you’ve developed a clear purpose for your life. Let’s look at some strategies that will help you make it clear and distinct.

Finding your why

How To Find Your Why

The purpose of these activities is to discover what you’re passionate about and to cultivate those interests. If you don’t feel that you can answer “why” you do them, it may be because you haven’t yet discovered your authentic voice and purpose.

Discover what you can do to make the lives of those around you better.

Having a sense of purpose is essential. However, it should be accompanied by the desire to help others. People who feel grateful for their lives are more likely to volunteer their services to other organisations or individuals. This may be due to the gratitude that springs from knowing one’s actions have helped others.

Studies have shown that people who give back, volunteer, and donate to charities are happier. They feel better about themselves and their lives and are more productive at work. Plus, they tend to be better decision-makers in the workplace. These selfless acts can also help create a sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of fulfillment.

A team of researchers from Princeton University recently published a study that examined how happiness and purpose are related. The study found that people who express their feelings of joy with others also tend to have a strong sense of purpose, which is very important for your happiness and fulfillment.

Think back to the activity that made you forget about how much time had passed.

Time flies when you’re having fun. Things somehow seem to pass by more quickly when you’ve got something enjoyable on your mind. These moments are what psychologists call “the flow.” Some people’s time flies simply because they’re doing things that make them happy and fulfilled.

Fulfilling your purpose means doing something that energises and inspires you rather than something that negatively drains and exhausts you.

Remember what you liked to do as a child. 

What kind of things did you like doing? You may have some fond memories of things that you enjoyed doing as a child. As you reflect on your story, you may be able to pick up on trends, repeating patterns, and clues to your purpose through the activities you liked to do. It’s not always possible for us to remember every detail of our lives, but we have to take an educated guess by analysing how certain similar activities were to others.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves why we loved something special when we were children. It’s not uncommon for adults to lose touch with the things that they used to love as a child. It’s also not unusual for our relationships and passions to go through a great deal of change. You can bring back specific childhood memories by finding a way to make them present in your life again.

Think about the things that you would be willing to do even if you looked stupid. 

Before you can do something well, it helps to make mistakes early on. These mistakes reveal a deep passion for something. This passion will allow you to continue working even after you’ve made bad decisions. You’ll never stop making mistakes—but if you’re passionate about something, you’ll learn from them and get better anyway.

It’s easy to feel embarrassed when you’re on the path to accomplishing something meaningful or important. Feeling foolish is part of the process; the more scared you are, the more effort you’re putting into it. If you’re avoiding making a significant life choice because you’re afraid of the embarrassment, do it anyway. No one will ever embarrass you for doing what you genuinely want to do.

Make a note of what people ask you when they come to you for help.  

Is it a talent you possess? Do you enjoy listening to others and understanding their concerns? What do your peers thank you for the most? Real-time feedback from others can help fuel your work. You may be unable to see your strengths because they come naturally to you. Look for common themes in why people reach out to you in times of need.

What would you do if you only had a year to live?

Most people don’t like thinking about death, but knowing when you will die can help you set life priorities. That often drives us to find what’s truly important and gives us the ability to let go of insignificant things. The thought of death can provide us with an understanding of the value of our life, allowing us to see something. How we want people to remember us is an essential priority in our lives.

When people are lost in life, they don’t know what their values or priorities are. And when you aren’t living by your values, whose values are you living? 

Discovering that “why” defines your purpose on earth.

Life

What are the things for which you would be prepared to go the extra mile?

Passion is not a result of the action. It is the cause of it. The way to find your passion is to go out of your way to do something. If you’re not willing to take action, then you won’t find your passion.

If you were given a chance to teach others, what would you teach them?

If you’re already thinking about the world you want to live in, how can you make it a better place? This question forces you to think beyond your own life and what you can do to help those around you and improve society as a whole. This question enables you to realise which skills and talents you have to help others and reveal the people who could use your help.

What would you do for free if you didn’t need the paycheque?

  • Do you live to work, or do you work to live? 
  • Are you in a career that you love, or are you one of those people who dread Monday morning almost every week? 

To live out your why and align your professional life with your purpose, it’s essential to be happy in every aspect of your job. If something comes easily to you, it’s probably because you have a passion for it. When working for yourself, the line can be blurred between the two.

Why do people thank you?

  • What’s your value proposition? 
  • What’s unique about you and your contributions? 
  • How do people find value in you? 

Think of something special and specific you’ve done for people that means a lot to them. This is the core of a strong value proposition: it’s unique, distinctive, and genuine.

KS Take Aways

Finding your “why” is essential for success in your professional and personal life as well as your well-being and longevity. Understanding what you are passionate about will allow you to pursue it, regardless of the doubts or setbacks you’ll encounter. The desire to understand the “why” of things will inspire any business or personal life Endeavor. 

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