"One of the greatest tragedies in life is to live and not know why you are living."
Many of us encounter the trials of life every day. The grind and the hustle and bustle of getting up, going to work/school, then coming home eating dinner, going to sleep, rinse, and repeat. If this is you, then you are just existing, not living. Living is enjoying life and existing with meaning and purpose or living with a "WHY." Most of us don't have a "Why" or a purpose for living—those of us who have found our "WHY" see the living more purposefully. But we didn't wake up this way. It took time, energy, and effort to figure it out.
So how can you find your "WHY?" Mine came to me. I wanted to make kids' lives similar to how I had grown up to become better. I wanted them to know that success is attainable through dedication, determination, discipline, and desire. So helping our youth is my "WHY." Well, I will get back to my original question for you... What's your "WHY?"
I just heard some of you say, "Yoshi, I don't have a why... how can I figure mine out?" Seeing how my "WHY" just came to me, I'm noticing that a good bit of society finds it difficult to do so. Here are five ways to help you find your "WHY."
- Identify the things you can do t make other people's lives better.
- Observe what people ask of you when they ask you for help.
- Imagine what you would do if you only had one year to live.
- Reflect on this question: If you were given a chance to teach people, what would you teach them?
- What would you do if you were issued a chance to do something you love and didn't have to worry about a paycheck?
What you should do now is grab your journal or the notes app on your phone and start to reflect on these five ways. Write out the statement and then write a detailed response. Once you are done, look at what you have written/typed and reflect on it. I guarantee you will have your why by the end of the exercise. As Oscar Wilde once said, "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist." So don't just exist. Find your "WHY" and live life. Remember.....
#there is a science to being you!