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What’s Your Why?


While running through the park, I was confronted with a difficult question. Normally I’m all over these things, but today, in the moment, this question perplexed me. It baffled me and caused me to mentally pause and review my life – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Have you ever had a thought bother you so bad you wanted to run away from it?

I did just that – I ran faster trying to forget the question that was nipping at my heels. It followed me around the corner, underneath the tree covered curve, over the wooden bridge back into the sunlight.

Stop. I couldn’t escape it, so I gave in and tried to answer it as honestly as possible.

What’s your why?

Knowing your why is one of the most important questions a leader can ask. Without an answer to this question, a leader will do much while accomplishing little.

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

How does one come to the point in life where they truly understand and know their why? For me, it became clear that I had to contemplate four key question to understand my why.

  • Who I am. What are your deeply held beliefs and values?
  • What I dream. What are those things that get you excited?
  • When I act. What do life’s circumstances say about when you can chase those dreams?
  • Where I go. Where do those dreams take you and are you willing to pay the price to follow them?

Figuring out your why can be a challenging undertaking. Life offers us a lot of confusing distractions that tend to lead us off-course – while running fast – getting nowhere.

If you want to know your why you must first understand the who, what, when and where – of you. Once you figure this out you will be able to slow down the pace and direct your steps towards the path that brings your heart life.

For me, the answer was – and always will be…Love God, Lead Well.

What about you – What’s Your Why? 

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  1. Eddy

    Thanks Mark…Inspirational and Right On!

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