Answering the Question: Why?

We all struggle with motivation at times. Knowing WHY you are doing things helps break the motivation block and gets you through the tough times.

President Obama was interviewed and he was asked to share what he carries around with him. See video here:

In which President Obama shares with Ingrid Nilsen the stories of the things he carries with him that remind him of the people he's met: #YouTubeAsksObama
Posted by The White House on Friday, January 15, 2016

He carries things around to remind him why he is doing the job he is doing. The answer is because people are invested in him. This isn’t about him. It’s about the people who are hoping he will help make things better for them.

His motivation is beyond himself and that’s hugely important when times get tough.

If we are doing things only for ourselves, when things get tough, we will quit. It isn’t worth it to us so why bother. If, however, you are doing something for someone else, it’s much harder to quit.

I started my business to help people learn how to stop bullying. Starting a business is tough. Getting people to take a chance on you and give you a break is tough. I’ve thought about quitting many times. But I don’t. Why? Because if I don’t share how to stop bullies, who will? There is NOONE else out there teaching what I teach. I either do this or people continue to suffer. THAT”S motivation.

If you are struggling with motivation – ask yourself why. Why are you doing this? If you are doing it for yourself great. But if you can look beyond yourself to how your work helps others – even better. That way, whenever you need to ask yourself why – you will have an answer that is good enough to keep you motivated through the tough times.

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