If your goal in starting a business – or doing anything else for that matter – is this vague notion of getting rich, then is your why really strong enough?
I think you should understand that it is not a bad thing to want to be rich, but you should consider that it is rare that anyone wants to be rich just for the sake of having a lot of money, rather it’s what you can do with the money that is important.
Consequently, anyone who is striving to be successful must analyze, drill down to the root of why they want success. Without that analysis, it will be very hard to stay focused and make the sacrifices that need to be made for that success to be realized. Your why helps to feed the discipline that is needed for success.
So, what is your why? Is your why strong enough to help you reach success? Only you can answer. There is no wrong or right answer, but there can be shortsighted or shallow answers. If your analysis stops at these shortsighted why’s, you will not be fulfilled or satisfied. Your why may not stand up to the challenges that come with striving for success.
It all comes back to vision. Clarity of vision will provide your why. Now, if your vision is to sit in a room counting your money or in front of the computer watching your dividends grow, then to literally have lots of money is truly your why.
If you have a vision that includes the freedom and means to travel whenever and wherever you want, then you have your why.
A big house with lots of room for guests and entertaining or family visits a part of you vision? Well, there is your why.
Often the why is a combination of many ideas and scenarios and that is certainly ok.
The important thing is that you understand you must have a really strong reason for doing what you do in order to be successful.You should not be ashamed of it and you should not let others denigrate it or persuade you that you should what something else. Your why originates with who you are.
For most, giving back and being of service is often a part of the why. It may not be the only reason and it doesn’t have to be. Again, this is about uncovering your why. It has been found, however, that giving back and being of service can be one of the biggest rewards and biggest sources of happiness.
Jesus teaches us very clearly that we should care for others: the needy, the elderly, children, the oppressed. It is hoped that you keep that in mind as you explore your why. Let the care of others and let compassion for others strengthen your why.
Ultimately, you must have a strong enough why to have success in life, to do what is necessary to make changes. Your why can only be strong if you are clear.
What is your why? When would you consider yourself to be successful? I’m curious. Leave a comment.
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks