Until you’re clear on your why, what you do and how you do it won’t really matter.
Many people go through life in a perpetual mode of busy-ness trying to complete task lists and juggling daily priorities, their “what” and “how”, but not really progressing or achieving success. No matter how good your organizational skills are, or how hard you work, if what you are trying to achieve is not related to your personal passion, purpose and drive, your “why”, it’s unlikely you ‘ll achieve your full potential.
Your “Why” applies to every area of your life including your career, personal relationships and even volunteer activities. Your why will even impact your legacy!
Three questions to help you gain clarity on where to invest your time, talents and energy:
- Why you do what you do? (This should be about more than paying the mortgage and making car payments) Where does what you do have the deepest impact on people or situations? Where does your presence and the sharing of your talents and innate abilities make the outcome better than if you weren’t present? How do you improve a situation or even transform an outcome for the better?
- How you do it? (Not out of routine or in an auto-pilot state) Words that should describe your “how” could be – efficiently, creatively, artistically, ingeniously, passionately, imaginatively… These are transformative words.
- What do you do? (This should relate to making a significant and positive difference) Think along the lines of challenging the status quo, redesigning, improving, advancing or transforming situations, projects and even tasks. A group of small improvements can add up to make a big impact.
Your what, how, where, when and for whom, should be easy to define – just think of what you do in a typical week – aka “your job”. On the other hand, your why is akin to the seasoning or spice that transforms what you do to achieve maximum impact!
If you’re drawing a blank or struggling for answers, get input from a close friend, your spouse, a trustworthy client or coworker.
These are important questions that you should be able to answer in an intelligent and meaningful manner. They are powerful when used in a job interview or as part of a team being selected by a client to work on their project.
“Tell me your why and your how and what will become obvious”