As I’ve been working on improving my digital footprint, this here website and my social media prowess, I’ve found myself knee-deep in online courses. PSA – Don’t buy every single one that is offered and get so overwhelmed that you barely finish one lesson. (Or so I’ve heard.)
Currently, I’m working through Instagram for Success by Helene in Between and a copywriting course to keep steady on my game.
All that aside, most of the time, these courses ask you what your why is. Why are doing this? Why do you want to complete these lessons? Why are you here?
It got me thinking. Do you ever just ask yourself why, in general?
It can be pretty rattling. You continue on your normal routine and if you ever stop to ask yourself why you’re doing it, it can be jarring. Why? (Pun intended.) Because, most of time, we don’t know why! It’s just how it’s always been done. It’s what you’re supposed to do. It’s part of being an adult with responsibilities, like wearing pants when opening the front door.
Then you dive down the rabbit hole of: What am I doing with my life? How the hell did I get here? Did I unplug my curling iron before I left for work this morning?
But wait! STOP! It’s okay to wonder about these life-changing questions, but actually answer the question.
What’s your why?
In that moment. Why are you doing it? The answer may be “just because” and that in itself is enlightening, right? Is that the best use of your time then? Why are you going to work? Why are your running a website? Why are you running around like a chicken with your head cut off? What’s your why, guys?
Lots of people ask me why I have a website. Most ask me how I keep up with it, really. But, overall, people wonder why I’m spending time on something like this. It wasn’t until I had to articulate my why, when I had to put together what I want to be known for in one of these courses, that I came to the reason.
To inspire women (and men!) to travel, stick up for themselves, take a different path, and find their voice. To encourage this crazy notion that we’re more alike than different; to show the good in the world.
That’s my why.
It doesn’t have to be a perfectly structured why either (in fact, I’m not a huge fan of how I wrote mine) — it just has to be a fulfilling one. Because, after all, why are you doing what you’re doing then?
Now, what’s your why?