Throughout your career and life, you have the opportunity to make choices that will lead you down the path to what you consider ‘success.’ This path may look very different each year, or even week, but most likely it’s always a very good indicator of what you are meant to be doing at the given time, and directly related to your purpose, or your ‘why.’
Ask yourself about the past week or two, and what you’ve been achieving, and where you’ve been procrastinating. When you actually dig deep, it’s easy to see what your focus is and the lengths you’ll take to achieve it. Looking back on my year, I can pinpoint key defining moments:
- Why did I devote months of time to a project at work?
- Why did one colleague make me think more about my future and career/life trajectory than anything one else over the course of 13 years?
- Why did I stop worry so much about my son’s medical future and stop googling?
- Why did I start working out so hard again?
- Why am I procrastinating on assignments at work?
- Why am I so willing to ditch housework and preconceived ideas about ‘the way to live’ to fulfill my own happiness?
- Why did I stop watching TV 11 months ago?
- Why am I determined to be closer to family?
- Why does traveling without a set destination seem so important to shaping my boys personalities?
I can tell you an exact reason for each of these. I won’t. But all of these items are questions that I am answering by actions and decisions unbeknownst to me at times, but all that make complete sense to me as I keep pushing forward into what I know is next. They are all grounded in who I am as a person and what I want my legacy to be. Curiosity. Hard work. Passion for experiences. Greater understanding and education. An open heart free of judgement about people’s life decisions.
We know it‘s imperative that successful companies should start with the why when strategic planning and defining values for their employees to abide by. And we, as professionals, individuals, parents, and seekers should as well. No ones life should have a strategic plan to follow (but a two year plan is cool), but if you can’t wake up everyday, and answer ‘what am I going to accomplish today’ with the guiding force of ‘why you are doing it’ – re-calibrate and start over.