Happy New Year 2018: How to Craft a Compelling ‘Why’

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Your motivating factor, your compelling reason ‘why’ regarding the particular brand of soul-prospering life you want to craft, is essential to energizing you through the tough times.

Here are some examples:

Whys that grow organically out of difficult personal experiences:

Enduring grueling challenges such as poverty and abuse. These experiences have the ability to maim and crush people, but they can also be the furnace that forges a spirit that’s stronger than steel or titanium.

Whys that have their roots in observations of others’ suffering:

While you may not have suffered a particular hardship, it nonetheless affects you deeply whether you observe it in your personal life or your professional life. For instance doctors, lawyers, and other professionals that donate their time and expertise to people who can’t afford their services yet they desperately need them.

Whys that come from a “higher calling”:

These kind of ‘whys’ are easy to see in world-class athletes. They are obsessed with excelling in their particular sport but yet they may not be able to fully articulate the reason why. This type of ‘why’ is not limited to athletes. I know of a man who is a drummer. He is totally consumed with rhythms–he can’t stop himself from tapping out a beat! He makes his living picking up different gigs as well as teaching drumming, although making a living at it isn’t a requirement of a compelling ‘why’.   I have another friend who is an avid knitter. She always has a project at hand and is constantly on the lookout for patterns, yarns, and the like, yet she has never made so much as a penny from her knitting.

Don’t worry if you can’t fully articulate your ‘why’ to anyone else. You don’t need to say it to anyone. Your ‘why’ is not a justification or something that causes someone else to give you permission to go for your soul-prospering life.

Your compelling ‘why’ is only for YOUR benefit.

NOTICE THAT NONE OF THESE ‘WHYS’ HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN MAKING MONEY.

Money and recognition may come as a by product of the ‘whys’ but that is not at all the reason for the ‘why’

Keep working with your ‘why’ so that its roots are deep within you. You need it to intensify, which is what it does when it goes to the core of you. It may take a little time for this to happen, but keep working with it and it’ll happen!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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