As a coach, I ask a lot of questions. If fact, powerful questioning is among the core competencies of competent coach. We ask questions that evoke discovery, insight, commitment or action. We ask questions to gain greater clarity and to move clients closer toward what they desire. One of my favorite questions is “why?”
Why did you open that business?
Why did you choose that vocation?
Why didn’t you take advantage of that opportunity?
Some people loose their way because they forget the “why”…they have lost their purpose or mission. Your mission in life is why you live. Your mission in business is why you open your “doors” to others every day. What is your mission? Why do you get out of bed every morning?
If your “why” is unclear or at the very worst non-existent, I urge you to explore your mind, heart & soul to find it. It is there. Your purpose…your “why” will reveal itself to you as you go deeper into yourself. What fulfills you? What brings meaning into your life? What adds joy to your life? These are questions to ask yourself to illicit your purpose. It may come as an “old friend” as you reconnect to your passionate vision of what you wish to create for yourself. It may also come as a new discovery of what’s possible for your life. The key is to keep on searching until you find it. It has been said that if your “why” doesn’t make you cry, it’s not big or compelling enough. At least it should make your heart beat a little harder as the passionate juices begin to flow throughout your body.
Why not live a purpose-filled life? Why not begin the journey today? Your mission (your “why”) is not a destination; it’s a roadmap for an incredible journey. As in most journeys, it will surely be fraught with setbacks, disappointment and struggle. It will also be filled with victories, fulfillment and rich experience. Ultimately, it’s not really that important that you even arrive. It’s more important what you become in the process and who you impact along the way.