As discussed in the last blog (What is Your Why?), if you know what fires you up and brings you joy, you probably have your why figured out. But once you do, what happens then? People get busy and life gets in the way. Our priorities may push our why aside while we deal with dirty diapers, health scares or emergencies at work. But at some point, we need to make sure we stay on track. Soooooo, what do you do?
If you’ve heard my YouTube videos or read my blogs you’ll know I’m big on lists and writing things down. Without my lists, I feel like I’m forgetting something and may feel overwhelmed. Once I can see what I have to do, even if I write down every single little thing (or just the big ones), then I can get a handle on it and my life seems more orderly and I am definitely less stressed!
Feel into your why. It’s important to remember why your why means so much to you. Once you remember that, you can stay on track even if your priorities shift for a couple of days or a week at a time.
If you make a list of all the things you can do that are connected to your why, you can make sure you accomplish a few things at least from time to time, and then make it a priority when you can. Perhaps working with animals and making their life easier is your why. If that’s the case, maybe you can volunteer at a shelter once a week on a day off…foster a pet…or get involved in fundraising for a shelter or an animal cause. Perhaps all you can do one month is volunteer a day or two, and on other months when things are smoother in your life, you can do something bigger that feels in alignment with your why. It’s all good. Feel as you go so you can stay on track.
But do remember that your why can change. If it does, don’t beat yourself up that you’ve lost your why, just go with the new one. Feel where your purpose and your excitement pulls you. Now if you move constantly from purpose to purpose, it won’t be very deep and isn’t the real why for you, but keep looking. You are on the right path. And don’t give up on your why just because you get busy or shift your priorities because life gets in the way. That happens to all of us, so cut yourself some slack and look how you can accomplish just a little something from time to time with your why so you don’t let it go altogether. You’ll feel happier and more fulfilled if you keep in alignment with your why.