There's a distinction in life that is easy to overlook: It's not how it's why! We're get caught in this constant hustle, the relentless grind, always searching for the next 'how':
How to optimize our life
How to get that raise
How to find more time in a day
How to lose 10 pounds
So many times we get stuck in this paralysis of the 'how's so we're missing the whole point of what drives us: our 'why'. Its not really how that is important it's why!
The Trap of 'How'
We've all been there. Ready to start a new, goal, hobby, project or career, and then suddenly: analysis paralysis. Instead of simply taking that first step forward, we're bombarded with doubts. Is this the right method? Am I doing it correctly? What if there's a better way? These questions echo in our minds, not propelling us forward but anchoring us to our fears and insecurities.
Our modern world doesn’t help either. There’s legit a tutorial for everything. Before you even make a move, you’re presented with 10 different ways to approach a task. Everyone of the videos is an ‘expert’ and more than likely they all say something different. The thing is, there isn't always one 'right' way. The search for the perfect 'how' can become a never-ending cycle, stopping us from ever actually *starting*.
Shift to the 'Why'
Here's what I found: the 'how' will constantly evolve. Methods change, technologies advance, and what worked for me might not work for you. But your 'why'? That's eternal. Your 'why' is your compass, if you clearly define your why and you make it so important the how will work its way out. When your why is the reason you get up in the morning, the fire that fuels your passion, nothing can stop you. NOTHING!
Understanding our 'why', gives us clarity. We understand our purpose. We're no longer moving aimlessly, trying every method out there. We’re on a path, laser-focused, propelled by a motivation that's bigger than any 'how'. You'll find the methods and steps that align with your purpose. And sure, there'll be trial and error. But every ‘setback’ every ‘no’ every kick/punch/body slam will just confirm you need another ‘how’.
It's time we shift our lens. Instead of obsessively googling the next 'how-to', take a moment to reflect on your 'why'. Once that's clear, the 'how' becomes just a tool, not a barrier.
So, ask yourself: Why do you want to achieve your goals? Why are you hustling every day? Understand that, and the path forward becomes infinitely clearer. Dive into action with your 'why' leading the way, and watch as the 'how' seamlessly falls into place.
Just take the next step: You actually already know the how. It might not be perfect, but whatever it is you want to do, you know the very first thing you should do already! Just take the first small step, when that's done do the next one... A s the old adage goes… How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.. So just take the first step. It doesn't matter how small it feels. I promise you the smallest steps add up over time. This is an essential part of building your playbook to freedom.
As I've repeatedly said, writing your eulogy is the best way to define your why. I wrote an article on this and I have a class on how to write your eulogy. It sounds morbid perhaps, but it's a powerful tool in defining your future!
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