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The Place Your Why Might Be Hiding:
If you're struggling to find your why, instead of trying to build one from scratch, start with something (or someone) you've very likely got a lot to draw from:
Who do you want to be?
What is that person capable of? What are they dedicating themselves to? What aren't they afraid of? What do they stand for? What are they willing to sacrifice? How are they helping other people around them? What are they willing to let go of? What does their life look like? What have they achieved? What do they do every day? What don't they do every day?
Once you connect with that image and that visual, you'll likely get a flood of excitement, staring into the eyes of this person you're going to become.
It'll do two things:
- It will make understanding your Why easier - you'll see the patterns, feel the purpose behind it all, and almost be able to touch why you want to be that person.
- It will also give you a tangible, less abstract sense of your standards, and Who you are striving to become so that you can to carry it around with you in all situations.
Check this acceptance speech by Mathew McConaughey. His Who is a version of himself 10 years into the future that he is always chasing. He doesn't say what his Why is, but you get the sense that he has a good handle on it and holds it close.
For an actor who could have easily have let himself be boxed into a certain type of role, he's pushed boundaries and kept growing, reaching the peak of his profession: always chasing what he knows he is capable of.
Who are you 10 years from now, 1 year from now, 21 days from now? Get to know that person you're chasing. And you'll start to see why are they doing what they're doing.