Why? The favorite question of every two-year old. When our children where young, they would ask “why” all the time.
They would ask questions like “why is the sky blue”, why do babies grow inside their mommies”, and “why are some eggs are white and others are brown” Of course, their favorite “why” question was “why do I have to do that?’
I found myself cringing every time I heard “why?”
As our children grew older, their questions expanded to include to how. For example, they would ask “why don’t they like me”, “how do I fix this”, and “how do I get there. Our children are grown up now and they are still asking why as they try to understand their place in the world.
As a leader, why is my favorite question. I know you are wondering why it’s my favorite question. In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren said, “Humans were made to have meaning. Without purpose life is meaningless. A meaning less life is a life without hope or significance.”
Living a life of significance requires we understand our why. Because if we understand our why, then we will find our way, which are two different things.
Why is your purpose. Way is your path”
– John Maxwell
Our why should guide our daily actions.
Finding your why is a process and will not happen overnight. “Purpose is like a snowball rolling downhill-it builds over time” (Maxwell). It is a journey with many twists and turns, but is worthwhile. When we embrace our why, we can add value to others from our sweet spot and live a life of significance.
We all have a why. So how do you find your why? Ask yourself the three questions found in John Maxwell’s book Intentional Living.
- What do you cry about?
- What do you sing about?
- What do you dream about?
Your answers will help guide you to your why.
But why is important to know our why? If we understand our why, we can shift our focus from self to others. Once we shift our focus, we will attract others to help fulfill our purpose. As we fulfill our purpose, our impact on others will increase. The greater our impact, the harder and longer we work.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– Robert Byrne
What action will you take to find your why?
Dr. Kim Moore
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