Often, we spend so much time talking about strategy, that we neglect some of the fundamentals. So, I’m going to spend a few minutes today talking about one of the most important things in your career, your motivation behind your goals, also known as your Why.
Your Why can look a lot of different ways. You can be passionate about something. You can identify with something. You can have a dream or a desire or a love. But, if you’ve been working on a project or goal for a while, chances are your Why has gotten buried a bit under the day-to-day demands. The problem with this is that when we aren’t connected to our Why, it gets harder and harder to do the things we need to do toward our goal. We feel unmotivated and we’re not sure why.
So here are 5 steps to reconnecting with your Why.
- Go back to the first time you wanted to do what you’re doing. It could be the first time you ever wanted to act or write or direct or paint or produce. Visualize that moment in time. Where were you? What were you thinking, feeling, doing? Who were you with? Close your eyes and recreate as much of that moment as you can.
- What did that moment call up in you? A desire to do what? Put that into words as clearly as you can.
- Was there a change you wanted to make? A contribution? Something you wanted to give or to share?