There are quite a few reasons to find your “why”, your reason for getting up in the morning and doing what you do. Finding your life purpose or calling can be a powerful thing and it goes well beyond the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something worthwhile. Let’s take a look at five different good reasons to spend the time to find your “why”.
You’ll Feel Less Stressed
How much mental energy and worry do you spend trying to figure out what you should or could be doing each day? When your “why” is clear in your mind, you don’t have to worry about that any longer and you should certainly feel less stressed.
But there’s more to it than that.
When we aren’t following our passion and life purpose, we are rarely happy with what we’re doing and with that comes even more stress. It’s no wonder that you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed about what you do and life in general when you know where you’re going … and that comes from knowing why you’re doing it.
You’ll Get More Done
Time flies when you’re having fun and it slows down to a crawl when you aren’t. Along the same lines you get a lot more productive and get through your workload in a lot less time when you have a purpose and are passionate about what you’re doing.
I’m sure you’ve noticed this in your daily life. When you’re working on something you enjoy or something that’s important to you, the work almost seems to do itself. You don’t even notice how long or how hard you’ve been at it.
Diesel is a beautiful, loving 1-ish year old pit bull mix. We took over her care because the people she lived with for her first year were negligent. (I’m going to try to stick to facts that I KNOW based on what we’ve seen since she starting living with us. We were given the dog “because she’s too big for an apartment” but didn’t realize that that was only a very small part of the story) We’ve done the best we can with her, but I can’t keep her for a number of reasons.
The positive – She thinks she’s a ten pound puppy who can curl up on your lap. I don’t think there’s a *mean* bone in her body. She just wants to be loved. Give her attention and she’s just melting with happiness.
Unfortunately, she’s not a 10 pound puppy. She’s 40+ pounds of lean muscle. When she was little and could be managed, she wasn’t given even the most basic training. (Who doesn’t teach a puppy to come when called? I can’t think of anything more basic and necessary than that!)
Unfortunately she was also not spayed. Our vet told us that she also showed signs of severe, long-term malnutrition – very soft toenails (like soaking in the bathtub for an hour soft), teeth that were yellow and placque-covered, and badly deformed hips.. The vet told me that the deformation in her bones means a pregnancy would kill her. And spaying a mature, large dog is expensive.
At this point she is much healthier. She has been eating a decent dog food plus she roams our woods at night and catches rabbits and other small wild animals. She has filled out, her teeth are white, her toenails have hardened, and she is a beautiful dog.
I have four young children and they’re terrified of her. We do have a big dog already, a lovable black lab/pit bull mix, so it’s not that they’re scared of big dogs. They’re scared of her. She loves to chase, “wrestle” and “fight” – tail wagging the whole time, and she has hurt some of my children in her exuberance. She is NOT safe to be around children or most other animals.
Unfortunately, with four children, and EJ working full time, I do not have the time or energy that this dog needs.
We are moving into town, so Diesel must go. We have two options:
1) I can have her put down. This breaks my heart because she really is sweet and loving, and it feels as though I’m cleaning up after someone else’s mess. Honestly, this makes me angry.that someone would completely mess up an innocent animal and then pass the results of their negligence on to someone else to deal with.
2) I can find the right home for her. And that is what I am trying to do. You have an adult-only household with at least one person who is familiar with pit bulls and understands how to rehabilitate them. You have NO other animals and can keep her away from children and livestock. She WILL attack poultry, goats, cats and other animals.
You’ll Do A Better Job
Not only do you get things done faster, you do everything you can to learn more and get better at what you love to do. As a result you do a much better job. Now that’s a great reason to find your why and follow your life purpose.
We all know how this works – if you hate what you’re doing, you’re going to give it less than your all. You might resent the work or the people you work with.
You’ll Feel Better About Yourself
There’s nothing better to lift your mood and boost your self-esteem than doing some good. Don’t be surprised to notice quite a bit of this once you figure out what your purpose in life is and then do what you’re meant to be doing, helping those in need.
You’ll Be Happier
All of this leads to one all-important end result. You’ll be happier. You’ll be more fulfilled with what you do and live a more content life. And isn’t that something we’re all striving towards. Who knew the secret to lifelong happiness was to find your “why”.