I enjoy writing, but I don’t enjoy sharing my think pieces publicly. I get so nervous every time someone reads my writing. You may not believe me since I’m sharing this, but it’s true. I write about my thoughts, experiences, and fears, which is makes me extremely vulnerable. There is a quote that motivated me to publicly share with you all.
“The fruit of everything good in life begins with a challenge”
As intimidating as it is, the reason I can share my writing is because it contributes to my “WHY”. I won’t specifically get into the details of my why, but I will talk about the importance of you knowing yours. I am able to be intentional about everything thing I do because I have found what my why is. I’m obsessed with personal development-who isn’t? I love reading books, watching videos, and attending conferences/seminars about how to be the best version of myself. I recently listened to a speech that inspired me to write this post. The part that inspired me most was:
“On the left side of a tombstone is the date you were born. On the right side of the tombstone is the date you died, BUT the dash in the middle of both dates is most important. That dash is a line representing how you lived your life and what you impacted during that time frame.”
So simple, yet so deep! What do you want your dash to represent? Have you thought about what your dash is? I determined what I wanted my dash to represent by asking these questions:
- What does God’s Word say?
- What’s your reason for waking up and getting out of bed every day?
- Why do you keep going when you’re on the brink of exhaustion?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
- How do you want to benefit your entire bloodline?
- How is the world going to be better because you were here?
My why changes the way I look at every single thing in life. Spend some time thinking about yours. Your why will help you better manage how you spend your time, resources, and energy. Remember: from the moment your human body is formed, your time starts dying. Spend it wisely!
Some of you may be familiar with the “Know Your Why” concept from a TED Talk by Simon Sinek. He talks about the Golden Circle, which is made up of 3 rings of seemingly simple questions to ask yourself:
WHY do you do it? – Your reason for existing.
HOW do you do it? – Your methods.
WHAT do you do? – The tasks you engage in.
Try using the circle to determine your why! I hope this inspires you to figure out your why if you haven’t already because your “dash” depends on it!