Discovering Your Why

At the heart of everything one does, there is a reason why, even if you don’t consciously realize it or care. 

For some people, they focus on why they do things at all times. There are endless books and articles written about people who prioritize their "why". People write it on sticky notes and planners to remember why they do things and what pushes them to be better. 

For many, their family or reaching a certain level of success drives people’s "why". It is the natural progression of life. However for others, they have a deeper sense of why they do things, often connected to their work.

Some people feel motivated due to the cause they are supporting or the people they are helping. Long term, people who have meaning around their goals tend to find more focus and success. 

The other day I saw a question that asked “Where do you add the greatest value?” and “Do you enjoy that?” I have found in my life that when you enjoy something it is easier to be motivated by it and keep it at the heart of what you do.

When I think about why I do something, I always look at what adds value to my life and what the underlying meaning is. 

Once you discover your why, you can apply it to your life. You are able to start your week thinking about why you do what you do and remind yourself throughout the week.

At times when you feel disconnected and unsure, reminding yourself why you do something can be a great way to refocus.

Here are some helpful tips that have helped me stay connected to my why:

  1. Write down all the things that have you feel your purpose and the greater meaning of why you do what you do 

  2. Write a short list on your mirror in your bathroom

  3. Everyday, keep a gratitude journal that connects the things on your list to remind you what you are grateful for

  4. Remember the value that your bring to your work, your friends, your family and yourself

Lisa Schneiderman is a UO member who helps people raise awareness for causes and positive messages that uplift humanity to a higher state of being.

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