Do you understand your ‘Why’? No, I’m not referring to your purpose or why you exist. I’m asking if you have a Vision and understand Why you want it. Understanding ‘Why’ can help reduce stress, anxiety and additional pressure when you are working towards a goal or achieving the life you want.
During May we are working on the #microsteppingingmay challenge. Taking small steps to achieve our goals and breaking them down to the simplest version possible.
My post, Microstepping in May explains what Microsteps are and what we hope to achieve during the month. It explains that we aren’t the problem when we don’t achieve our goal but rather the problem is the system we use.
So back to Why? Most of us have a vision for our life. The way we want our life to be whether it be living a healthy lifestyle, having a successful career, travelling and lifestyle.
But have you linked it up with your entire life?
Do you see how achieving that goal will impact every other area in your life – positively and negatively?
We need to see that bigger picture because quite often our view of our goals and vision are just so narrow. Especially if we are stressed. The more stressed we are the narrower our vision of what we want or don’t want in our life is.
So how do we ‘Understand our Why?’ – why we have that vision and how do we identify what is holding us back from achieving our long term goal?
Two exercises that may help you see things with more clarity.
Completing the Wheel and how your goal impacts your life
Firstly, answer the following questions. Write your answers down.
Why do you want to achieve your goal?
How will every area of your life be impacted in a positive way by achieving your goal?
How will every area of your life be impacted in a negative way by achieving your goal?
ACTION: Fill in the wheel with your responses by shading in the impact positively or negatively. Less for negative more for positive.
Then once you have completed the wheel use that information to complete the next diagram.
Defining what you Want and Don’t Want in your life
Action: Complete the diagram by writing all the things you want in your life inside the circle. Then write all the things you don’t want or that are holding you back outside of the circle. This will allow you to focus on What You Want as opposed to What You Don’t Want.
Consider what you want in your life and how YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE every other area impacted including: health, financial, contribution, family and relationships.
Remember, change isn’t easy but by using Microsteps we can achieve our long term goals.