Almost 5 years ago I was introduced to Simon Sinek’s book, “Start With Why”. I had been desperately searching for my purpose; for what I am supposed to be doing here on Earth and was excited to dig into the exercises.
I can’t really explain how my Why came to me. I wish I could say it was like a lightening bolt that was so inspirational I stopped everything to pursue it.
Nope, not even close. I did a quick grounding meditation and then started writing. It came to me in a single download. I read it over and thought, this is nice. Then I put the piece of paper aside and when about by day.
Nothing life changing. Nothing mind altering. Nothing inspirational. Just words.
Instant resistance. Anger for not understanding what it meant. Frustration that I wasn’t being told what to do. It didn’t make any sense.
So I ignored it and assumed I would grow into my Why or that God would send me a signal and it would all come together.
Every 6 months or so, I would revisit the piece of paper and say, no, not yet.
It’s so funny, now, to read through what I wrote almost 5 years ago and realize everything I have been doing has led to this moment. How all my struggles, all my dark nights, have prepared me for this.
I look at this list and am shocked at the wisdom of the Universe and how right this all seems. I had no idea what I was being called to do. I wasn’t ready.
Now, ready or not, my Why is asking me to step up and answer the call. To resist the resistance, to look fear in the face and take action anyway. To speak out. To speak up. To lead.
My Why: Everything I do is to spark real conversation so that there is real change in the world.
How I bring my cause to life:
1. Say what needs to be said.
2. Ask questions that create a different way of thinking.
3. Connect to a community of talented, passionate change makers.
4. Give people a way to take action.
5. Help people live their truth/discover their authentic voice/tell their story.
6. Believe in the good in people; have hope.
My Why scares me. It should.
Does your Why scare you?
Share what you are being called to do in the comments below so I can support you. I really want to know. You owe it to yourself and the world to live it. Even if you feel like you aren’t ready.
If you haven’t found your purpose, I highly suggest reading “Start With Why” or maybe watching Simon’s TED Talk.
And if you have found your Why but aren’t sure how to bring it to life, let’s chat. Don’t wait 5 years to figure out what is next.
The world needs you to live your purpose now.