Recently I’ve been thinking hard about what motivates me; what is my ‘why’?*. It’s stumped me for quite a long time and I don’t think – even now – that I’ve really got to the bottom of it. I’ve always thought I knew what I wanted, why I was passionate about the outdoors but when it came to putting it all down on paper I found myself clueless, just staring at a blank word document. Time to do something about that!
How did I do it?
Sitting down with the boyfriend, he asked me random questions about myself. What did I feel strongly about? What was my ultimate ambition? What do I dream of doing? What do I feel so passionate about that it gets me up in the morning? You get the idea…
Record it. If you decide to follow suit, make sure you record it. It took a long time for me to start talking because, quite simply, I felt stupid articulating what I really wanted to do. When I did start talking though we got some really good content and determined that I dream of going off on some exciting adventure, pushing my boundaries and really getting to grips with who I am as a person. I want to be the inspirational person that others turn to – as I’ve turned to my own role models. If I can inspire others – especially other women – into the outdoors then I’ll be happy.
It’s actually really scary voicing your dreams and pinning down what you really want to do with your life. Especially if that means that you step out of your comfort zone. It’s worth doing it though as it gives you focus if you’re feeling a bit lost, which is something that I really struggle with as I enter my mid-twenties.
Getting to grips with fear.
With dreams, come fear. Fear that we might fail or fear that we’re not good enough. I can put my hand up to both, but we really honed in on the fact that I fear time slipping by without really living – and from that came my new mantra “Live, not exist”.
“Live, not exist” is a positive outlook on life and gives me the confidence and drive to get out there even when I’m feeling low – and to remember my ultimate goal, my why. Over the coming months I’m going to work on making the most of my time, aim for and work towards some big goals. Because at the end of the day, my why, my ultimate goal is to inspire others out doors and so being clear on, and understanding, what drives this passion is so important for becoming the person that I want to be.
Do it now.
If you’re feeling a bit lost then grab a friend and get them to grill you. Record it or have them write notes. I think you’ll find it interesting.
FIND YOUR WHY
*If you haven’t heard of this reference, this is the video. It’s worth a watch.
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