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The Power of "Why": How Purpose Fuels Perseverance


Life is a journey filled with both exciting peaks and challenging valleys. We all face moments of doubt, struggle, and hardship. But what separates those who rise above adversity from those who succumb to it? It often boils down to one powerful word: WHY.


Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who survived the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, famously said, "...if you have a big enough why, you can endure any how." This quote speaks volumes about the power of purpose. When we have a strong sense of purpose or meaning in life, it serves as a beacon of hope, guiding us even through the darkest times.


Purpose provides us with the motivation to keep going when things get tough. It fuels our resilience and helps us overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. When we know why we are enduring challenges, the how becomes manageable.


Finding Your "Why"


So, how do you discover your "why"? It's a personal journey that requires introspection and self-reflection. I also think that our why may evolve as we go through different phases of our life. My personal why has had a consistent theme, but I think my real why manifested as I helped care for my parents. It remains a powerful motivation for all I do. Here are a few steps to get you started:

  • Explore Your Values: What matters most to you in life? What principles do you live by? Identifying your values can help you determine what's truly important and what you ultimately want to achieve.

  • Consider Your Passions: What activities bring you joy and fulfillment? What are you naturally drawn to? Passions often point us toward our purpose.

  • Envision Your Future: What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered? Thinking about your future can help you identify your why and the impact you want on the world.

  • Connect to Something Larger: Do you find meaning in helping others? Contributing to a cause you believe in? Aligning your purpose with something larger than yourself can provide a sense of direction and fulfillment.


Harnessing the Power of Purpose


Once you discover your "why," use it to fuel your actions and decisions. This includes taking stock of what you commit to. Saying yes to everything may not align with your why; you must focus and prioritize. Here are some ways to harness the power of purpose:

  • Set Goals: Break down your purpose into smaller, achievable goals. This will provide you with a roadmap and a sense of progress.

  • Find Support: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who share your values and believe in your dreams. This is the power of community.

  • Celebrate Victories: No matter how small, acknowledge and celebrate your achievements. This will help you stay motivated and keep moving forward.

  • Be Kind to Yourself: Everyone experiences setbacks. Don't be discouraged by temporary failures. Be kind to yourself and learn from your mistakes.


What now? My ask is that you take some time to reflect on your "why." What fuels your passion and gives your life meaning? Once you identify your "why," use it as a compass to guide your actions and decisions. Remember, even the most challenging journey can be overcome when you have a strong enough reason to keep going.


Actionable Tips

  • Dedicate 5 minutes each day to journaling about your values, passions, and aspirations. You don’t need to make this a chore. You can even start with one minute. Finding time to write things down can help organize your thoughts.

  • Create a vision board or list that represents your goals and dreams.

  • Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mentor about your purpose in life.

  • Volunteer for a cause you believe in or donate to a charity that aligns with your values.

  • Take a class or workshop that helps you develop your skills and knowledge in an area that interests you.


By understanding the power of "why" and actively cultivating a sense of purpose, you can empower yourself to overcome any challenge.


I believe that everyone has a purpose in life. It is not always easy to understand what that purpose is or why sometimes our life feels filled with challenges that obscure the path forward. These challenges help us clarify the path and gain the strength we need for the journey. When we tap into our purpose, we unlock our full potential and can achieve great things.


I hope this blog post has inspired you to start your journey of self-discovery. Remember, you are never alone. I believe in you and many others believe in you and want to support you on your journey.


Please share your thoughts in the comments below. What is your "why"?


Be well.



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