I’ve seen countless speeches, articles and videos that all focus on you needing to find your “why” in life. Find your why and that will give you the motivation you need to accomplish anything. That seems to be the main center of focus in all of these examples and they’re usually filled with some motivational story of someone accomplishing something great because they had a strong why.
Your why is the reason you do something in life. Whatever goals you have in life, there has to be a reason that you want to achieve them. Your why becomes the drive you need to keep you going to do whatever it takes. Whether it be your family, your spouse or just a desire to have a life that offers more than the upbringing you had as a child, your why is made out to be everything.
But what happens once you have that why? It’s easy to say “I want to be a millionaire to give my wife the best, most stress free life possible.” But then what? The world isn’t going to simply hand you everything you desire just because you have a good reason. No matter how meaningful or powerful your why is, you need to put in a lot of effort in figuring out your “how”.
How are you going to fulfill these fantasies and desires that you have? What is it going to take for you to achieve all of these goals? If your plan is just to get a why and think that motivation alone will carry you there, then I have some bad news for you: the world doesn’t work that way. Your “how” in life is just as important, if not more so, than your “why”.
You need to have a plan. You dreaming up some insane goals backed by a powerful why means nothing if you don’t figure out how you’re going to get to your end goal. Figure out exactly what it’s going to take for you to get there, look at other examples of people who have achieved similar success and try to walk a path similar to theirs. The good news about living in a world with seemingly so many successful people is there’s a good chance that no matter what your goals are, there’s more than likely an example of someone who has accomplished the same goals before who you can use as a guideline.
All of these motivational speeches and blogs centered around a why can be a very motivating thing in your life. It can open your mind to new ideas and possibly give you that drive that you’ve been missing in life. But again, you need to put a plan into action once you have that motivation and reasoning set into place.
Invest in yourself. Study whatever profession it is you plan on excelling at. Find out everything you possibly can on the topics that interest you. If your goals revolve around finances, which most do, then research every way possible to make money. If you need to get a degree to get the job you want, then go back to school. If you already have the job but need to move up the company ladder, then start investing your time daily to studying that field and becoming the most knowledgeable person you can. Be the hardest worker in your office. Show up early and stay late.
Figure out how much money you need to start saving to get your savings account where you need it to be. Pick up one of the endless books on investing and learn how you can use the money you currently have to make more. Find out ways to make money on the side, whether it be from monetizing a hobby you have or finding random small jobs online that pay cash. Until you get to where you want to be in life, you’re not too good to do anything.
Finding your why and having someone tell you that’s all it takes in life makes you feel good, it’s an empowering feeling. But that’s the easy part. Once your why is taken care of you have to figure out your how. And that’s where the work comes in. Putting together a plan or multiple plans and holding yourself accountable to following through with them. Dealing with the daily challenges that life throws at you while still ensuring you’re staying invested in your goals.
Your why is the backbone of what you do, your how is the rest of the body. You need a plan that’s not only full proof in taking you to where you want to go, but it needs to be achievable too. Becoming a millionaire in six months working at a fast food restaurant most likely isn’t going to work out for you. You need a plan that offers a realistic time frame and a realistic amount of work to get you there in that amount of time.
If you don’t see yourself reaching your goals doing what you’re currently doing, then branch out and take a leap into the next phase of your life. Comfort zones are comfortable for a reason, because they don’t challenge us. Not being challenged leads to mediocrity and that leads to you never accomplishing what you originally set out to accomplish. Nearly every successful person in life failed many, many times before they finally made it. It may not be easy to get to where you want to be, but it’s possible. Anything is possible if you have a strong why and an even stronger, well formulated plan.
So once you get the easy part over with, start developing your how. Put real thought and effort into it and lay out exactly what needs to be done. You could write in a daily planner something that you have to do every single day to ensure that you get there. Whatever it takes, get the plan down then put that plan into action. The only thing stopping you from getting you to where you want to be in life is yourself.