Have you ever wondered why you were doing the things you were doing and if that what you were doing really makes a difference? If you answered yes, then you are not alone in the world.
I recently picked up a book by Simon Sinek, called Start With Why, and it had me thinking about why I changed careers just a few short years ago.
And with the recent announcement of our baby on the way, my perspective on life has changed completely. I’ve been thinking a lot about WHY I am doing the things I am doing everyday, and try to carry out my life with purpose and passion each day.
Every single organization on the planet even ourselves, functions on three levels. What we do, how we do it, and why we do it. And while most people know what they do, many do not know WHY they do it. Simon Sinek
If I were to ask you what you did, you could easily spit out a job description of some sort, and I’m willing to bet you know how to do your job without even thinking.
From there many of you would go on to say that you work for money, to put food on your table and to have a roof over your head. Yet,these answers are merely an indicator of results, and not the reason that truly sparks passion and purpose within yourself.
When I first started out in the fitness industry I had a hard time selling personal training packages, because I could not find a reason to relate to the person in front of me. I was all about the how and what of training, and forgot to take a step back and really show those in front of me WHY I do what I do.
This one minded track does not inspire action, and is often a fast track failure. Once I figured out how to show people that I truly cared about helping others live a healthier life, things started to look up for me.
People often ask me why I left the Marine Corps, or changed careers at 30 years old, and what they don’t seem to understand is that reason WHY I do what I do.
The secret behind my madness is quite simple ” I simply love what I am doing everyday in my life. I never wake up hating life or complain that I have to go to work. Sure, 4am is a tough hour to get wake up everyday, but once I get to work, I am inspired and motivated to influence those who trust me as a coach.
So I ask you , when you wake up every day, do you really know WHY you are doing what you are doing? Or are you living life through the how and what?