Do you ever go to work in the morning and feel…like you’re going to work?
Remember when you first took this job, or first started your organization? Do you remember your excitement, your hopefulness, your inspiration?
Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes I live so intensely in the today that nothing else seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that I continually talk about, but that never seems any closer.
Recently someone encouraged me to stop and to think about why—the “why”. To figure out what drives me to complete my right now. What focuses me to look forward with expectation to the next thing. “The Why” gives me courage to keep dreaming, to keep going.
Answer These Questions:
1. Why do you do what you do?
2. Why do you exist?
3. Why did God place you where you are to accomplish something only you were meant to accomplish?
4. Why is what you do so important?
So much power, perspective, wisdom and hope comes from answering those questions.
Our “Why” Helps Accomplish Vision
Just talking about “the why” excites me. I firmly believe that discovering our “why” unlocks the power to raise the funds needed to accomplish our visions for ministry. Discovering our “why” align our lives with God’s vision for our identities, our missions, and our futures.
This concept seems so basic that we run the risk of minimizing its power. What a mistake! I cannot express to you how many organizations I have seen falter because they didn’t know their “why.”
Our Why Trumps Good Intentions
We can be tempted to “just get things done”. Our good intentions take the form of hard work that always has to work harder and do more. Do you know what I find with the organizations that don’t know their reason? They burn out, or fade away, or lose their “doing leader” and the entire organization stalls and struggles.
I cannot caution us enough not to value the hard work above the purpose. Hard work without a clear head to drive it will not live beyond its own effort.
If someone tells you to run every day because it’s the right thing to do—you might do it for a while, following their lead, especially if they pay you to do it. But if the person who told you to run stops running, do you think you will keep it up? Probably not. A small handful might keep going, but the majority of us would stop.
But, if a doctor tells you to run because you’ll die if you don’t take care of your heart—you will run. You will do the hard work even if your doctor isn’t running right next to you. You will keep running because you have a reason for it!
Answer Those 4 Questions
Take some time today to answer the four questions above. I know your work is important. And if you really believe the “why”, and let it drive your work and your decisions, you will start seeing mountains move!
If you need help discovering your “why”, call me. We will work through this together. Helping you discovery your “why”, just happens to be the “why” God gave me. It is my reason and knowing that makes all the difference.
I would really enjoy hearing your response to this blog. If you are interested in talking about your ministry and own opportunities for generosity, or if you need assistance in finding your dream please email me at email@example.com or call me at 984-232-0488. Thank you for becoming a part of the conversation!
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