“Why do you do what you do?”
Meant in a broader sense, of course—not why do you get up in the morning and put your left foot down before your right—though, that could lead to some interesting answers as well, I’m sure.
To be asked “Why do you do what you do?” necessitates a deeper answer and therein lies a harder question.
What drives you, what inspires you, and what motivates you?
These are the answers we’re searching for.
So, how would you respond?
Why we do what we do “comes naturally,” once we are able to recognize who and what we truly are, at our core. Understanding why we do what we do comes with deep reflection of self. Awareness of what makes our heart beat, the things we get out of bed in the morning for (left foot before right).
Experiences in our lives also lend influence as to why we do the things we do.
The experience, coupled with the way it made you feel, led you to pursue an avenue that allowed you to look back to remember why you started, whatever it is you started.
Whether it was the decision to start eating better. To start that workout plan you have been putting off for years. To start going after what you truly want in life.
Some are intrinsically drawn to what they do—it is the essence of their being, and following any other path wouldn’t feel right. What has shaped and changed your life—isn’t a job, or career, it’s a way of life. If you want to feel better, then what are you going to do to make that happen, today.
It’s understood that we cannot all be so fortunate as to follow our hearts all our lives. We have to survive: The bills come, unexpected obstacles side swipe us, and life happens—not always as we plan.
But it’s important, still, to recognize that fire within us. While we may not be able to do daily what we wish we could, we still have the ability to live those values regardless of what we “do” for work.
Our feelings, emotions, and the difficult circumstances we face all throughout life shape us into the people that we become. But sometimes, when met with adversity, we don’t always ask the hard questions we should.
All too often we yield to our circumstances and hold back, accepting that this is our fate, or the feeling that we can’t do something. Overcoming obstacles, taking the road less traveled, or forging your own path is not an easy feat, but it’s oftentimes the most necessary.
Rather than letting the challenges you encounter push you around, allow them to wake you up—allow them to be your call to action. Do hard things! Do the work to get you to your goals.
Don’t let another day go by, telling yourself you will start tomorrow. Start RIGHT NOW, TODAY.