After a decent night of sleep your alarm goes off. After a couple of snoozes you decide to get up. You make some coffee & breakfast, maybe with the news on in the background. Then hustle to get into the shower and get ready for work. As you are walking to your car, do you ever wonder Why? Why I am getting up and going to to this job everyday? What is my motivation?
I bet if you can't answer that question, then you are probably miserable.
I was in a situation where I was working multiple jobs and working 12-14 hour days. I was making good money and I THOUGHT my Why was money, but I was miserable. I liked both of my jobs, but physical health, mental health, sleep, friendships all took a back seat to me making money and it was taking a toll on me fast. I needed to make a change, but I still didn't know my Why.
One day, I realized that money is not my motivation. What brings me energy, or my Why, everyday is helping my clients achieve their financial & business goals through my bookkeeping business. I feel like I haven't worked a day in my life sense I made this change to bookkeeping full time, because I have found my Why.
But it doesn't come as easy to everyone and you may have some questions.
How do I know my Why? This is tough because everyone has different Whys. A good exercise I did was I wrote down everything that gives me my energy and my excitement everyday, do I have that in my career? If the answer is no, then you need to make a change.
How can I make a change? I was in a very fortunate situation where I was able to make the change and sacrifice only a few things. If it is more difficult for you, I believe you can still make the change. Rely on your loved ones for support and set an end goal for you to reach to allow you to make the change. Work to achieve this goal with the support of your loved ones, and you will continue to get closer to bringing your Why to reality.
Want more information or help? Simon Sinek is a well known author and motivational speaker and has been my biggest inspiration to write this, follow him on LinkedIn and Facebook. I also encourage you to read his book 'Start With Why' as well as other books he has written.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions!