Are you still struggling with how to get clear on why you want to do something? Don’t worry, it happens to a lot of people. Today, I’m going to give you a couple of tips for how to overcome this obstacle.

We’ve talked about this in the past, but this is one of the most important concepts to get down before you take any risk when it comes to your business. You have to decide if you’re running toward something or away from something.banner-podcast

I’ll use myself as an example. When I decided to move to Europe, it was because I was looking for something more. I wanted to grow outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to learn something new. I enjoyed my job, but something was still missing.

This won’t be the case for everyone. Maybe you hate your job and want to go into a completely different field. This means you might be running away from something. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it’s important to decide what your motivation for change is.

If you can understand your motivation, there will be a much more emotional attachment to your goal. Any time you have that emotion, it will drive you into action, either toward or away from something.  – Tweet  

So, this is your basic foundation: Are you running toward something or are you running away from something? Once you have your answer, you can understand what will help provoke thoughts around why you want to accomplish a certain goal.

There’s a great book by Simon Sinek called Start With Why. His whole premise is getting started with why. If you can understand your motivation, there will be a much more emotional attachment to your goal. Any time you have that emotion, it will drive you into action, either toward or away from something.

Simon does a great job of breaking down the different reasons behind why you may want to do something, but let me give you a practical example. I’ve been using this philosophy for many years in the corporate world, and it truly works to help you gain clarity. 

Here, we will ask a question and use the five whys process to understand this person’s motivation.

Say your friend wants to get into real estate, so you ask them: 

(1) Why are you interested in real estate? “Because I want to make a lot of money.” 

(2) Why do you want to make a lot of money? “Because I’ll be able to travel more and go on vacation with my family.”

(3) Why do you want to have more vacation time with your family? “I love being able to take lots of videos and pictures of them to send back to our friends and family.” 

(4)Why do you like sending these videos back to people? “I like to inspire my friends and motivate my children.”

(5)Why do you want to inspire and motivate them? “I want to make sure my kids and family members have a positive feeling about what we’re doing together as a family and motivate them to keep doing these things.”

So, now you’ve asked your friend those five whys. At first it seemed like the answer behind their goal was to make more money, but it’s actually about making an impact on others, longevity, and legacy. This is a good process to help you narrow down exactly why you want to do something. Don’t depend on outside factors to help you understand. The answers have to come from you.

This method helped me define my goals and the reasons why I wanted to accomplish them, so I hope it’ll help you, too.

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