The All Important Word: WHY?
Let’s have some real talk. Our goals and dreams are beautiful, glorious, fun, and inspiring! Having a book published, a song on the radio, or a painting hanging in a gallery is so exciting. Most people only see that side of it though and must think how great our life must be. This can be true; but we also know how much work, failure, pulling our hair out, and literal blood, sweat, and tears went into it as well! The final product is amazing and presented like a scene straight out of The Lion King (you know - when Simba is presented to the world during Circle of Life!), but the moments leading up to it make us question our sanity and reason for existence! Can you relate?
What gets us through the tough times? What makes us keep going even when we want to give up? It’s a three-letter word called WHY. You simply need to remind yourself why you’re hustling after your dream in the first place. I would strongly encourage you to write down your why before you even get started. Here are some examples:
Why should you write that song? Because music expresses how we feel unlike any other outlet and people relate to the words and the way the music connects to their soul.
Why should you write that book? Because someone will get a copy of it and read the exact message they’ve been needing to hear.
Why should you finish that painting? Because someone will see it, be inspired, and decide to go after the dream or goal that has been in their heart.
The why is so important people! When times are tough, the why keeps us going. We will remember that our gift is not simply about our own life. It’s about others who will be impacted by it and how they will be encouraged by a sentence, a lyric, or a note. All of your hard work will play a part in making their life better.
Maybe you’re in the middle of your project and experiencing a little frustration. Maybe you’re putting the finishing touches on it, but scared to death to release it. Or maybe you know what you should do but haven’t taken the first step. Go to your why. Write it down and refer to it often. Your why makes all the difference and reminds you of the importance of using your life to make a positive impact in this world.