Sunday, August 14, 2016

Your "Why" Gives Life to Your "What"

Stop for a second and just think....Why? Why do I do what I do? Why do I think the way that I think?
This is an incredibly powerful way of thinking. Your "why" is the reason you do something. It's the purpose behind your task. It's the driving force behind the decisions you make and the direction you take. Your "what" is simply the task at hand. It's the actual work you accomplish each day. It's the decision you make. 
Many of us, myself included, spend WAY more time thinking about our "what" rather than our "why". As a result of us focusing more on the "what", we are more likely to forget our "why", lose interest, or just not care about "what" we are actually doing. On the flip side, when we understand our "why" then it really doesn't matter "what" we are doing because at the end of the day we aren't living for the "what", we are living for the "why".

I hope this makes sense because this is something I think about almost everyday. I get so caught up in the day to day tasks that all I can focus on is getting the task over with. That's why I believe so many people say they have lost their passion behind what they are doing. People will become so focused on what they are doing that they forget "why" they are doing it. When we focus on our "why" first then we can truly approach each day with a true passion and a dedication that goes far beyond a task or job that we fulfill. Our "why" is the supporting framework for our entire home. There are lots of ways to build a house, but it doesn't matter how nice that house is if the framework is messed up. If the foundation of the home isn't solid and aligned correctly, nothing you build on top of it can be sustained.

I believe this is another big reason people struggle when they are trying to better their health. They get started but because they didn't spend the time to really understand the purpose and the reasons why they need to take care of their health. They end up focusing more on how exercising will change the way they look versus focusing on how it is transforming them on the inside. Many people don't realize that the purpose for exercise goes way beyond how it changes our appearance, it does more for our body on the inside than it does for our body on the outside. We won't realize these things until we have spent time thinking about the "why".

So why do I coach? Why do I teach? I do what I do because I want my life to reflect my relationship with God (Colossians 3:17, 23-24, 1 Corinthians 1:18 reference to the bottom). I am confident that if I teach/coach for the rest of my life or if I were to change careers and do something completely different, I can still fulfill my "why".
Don't get your "why" and your "what" confused. There is a distinct difference in the two and they are not meant to be interchanged. Your "why" drives "what" you decide to do. Do yourself a favor and don't live for a "what;" think harder, think deeper, and give yourself a "why" that you can fulfill everyday. So....What's your why?

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17 NIV

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 
1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV

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What do you do to make sure you don't get your "Why" and your "What" confused? Comment below and share!

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