What is your WHY? 6 Questions You can Ask to Help you Define your Why.
I am currently going through an indepth business and personal transformation. The Online Business System program I am taking is with Suzanne Longstreet, founder of Success and Clarity
The most recent video in the series talked about identifying your WHY, and asked me to explore my WHY as homework. SO I’m using this blog post today as a way to dig a little deeper into this, and share with you some of the resources I have found that might help. I think defining my “why” will help give clarity to everything I do in my personal and business life.
What Questions Can I Ask to help Identify my “WHY”?
- What is a subject I can talk about passionately for hours?
- What stirs you and makes you feel alive?
- What activity makes you lose track of time?
- What makes you cry?
- What motivates me to get up in the morning?
- What makes me proud of myself?
Here I will explore my own answers and see where this little exercise leads me:
What is a subject I can talk passionately about for hours?
There are two things that immediately come to mind: 1. Business, entrepreneurship, digital marketing and social media. Once you get me going I completely can ramble on forever. I love talking about business, and business ownership, and business ideas, goals, and strategy. I love learning about different business models and how they are using digital marketing to grow, or ways that their business can improve.
2. Poverty / need. I grew up in a household with financial insecurity and this common thread has always been with me. Now as a volunteer at my local food bank I am on the front lines of poverty, and I am very passionate about helping these people. Again, once you get me started on this topic I can go on and on for hours.
What stirs me and makes me feel alive?
Business. Entrepreneurship. New ventures and opportunities. Helping others.
What activities make me lose track of time?
“Working”. I actually never feel like I’m working, but being on my computer or device and working on my business, brand, or on my clients, I completely can lose track of time. Especially writing. Oh wow that just came out of nowhere. I love writing. Huh look at that I just made a self discovery. This is so true, I love to journal and I have really loved working on my blog the past year. It’s like the time just melts away when I’m writing. BAM.
What makes you cry?
I honestly do not cry much, but a few things get me emotional and I can immediately identify that they usually happen at the Food Bank. Either I hear our director speaking passionately about the people in need in our community, or something really awesome happens when we help someone and that chokes me up. Family would be another reason, if there is sadness or joy my emotions are heightened.
What motivates me to get up in the morning?
I love getting up earlier than everyone else for some time with my coffee and quiet reflection, but nothing gets me more excited than a morning like today when I know I have hours of quiet time in the morning where I can sit on my computer in my outdoor office and let creativity flow, and get some quality work done on my personal brand, my business, and my goals.
What makes me proud of myself?
Helping others. My business. Business growth. When I secure an awesome new client. When I do something outside of my comfort zone.
Okay so what is MY WHY?
Well after reading back through my own questions I think it is clear that my why is to be helping others in poverty and to be working on my business. My Business gives me the great chance to also help other business owners so really the word HELP is the first word I think of when I think of my WHY. How can I be helpful today?
Further I discovered that one of the things I really enjoy is writing. This revelation is very exciting for me and I am looking forward to thinking more about what this means and how I might do more of this in the future. I don’t know if it is necessarily my “why” but it could be part of my “how”