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Happy New Year to all my readers. here is my message to get you off to your greatest year yet – Know your why if you want life to be at it’s very best. Through the darkest period of my life there were many days when I asked myself why I am doing what I am doing. I had no idea of what my ‘why’ was.

Days when I wanted to give up.

Days where the frustrations of banging my head against the proverbial wall seemed so pointless.

Days when I thought all the effort I had put in seemed so pointless.

I was going through a rough patch and life was tough, that I can’t deny, but I never threw in the towel instead I chose to keep going.

Despite having lost so much, and having so many days where I struggled to know what to do, I never did give up hope, but life wasn’t great. I felt trapped in an unsatisfying existence.

Perhaps you yourself are living a life just like mine had been, a few moments of happiness drowned out by a constant slog of work that doesn’t satisfy you.

Things began to transform for me the minute I understood the importance of knowing my ‘why.’ It gave me a purpose and once again made me excited about my life.

No longer was I living life on auto-pilot. When I was, each day would fade into another and I was just in survival mode, struggling on, living with a sense of apprehension, no longer enjoying my journey through life.

Yet making the decision to follow my ‘why’ was transformational. It gave me back my mojo. It reminded me ultimately why I was here, what my purpose was. It gave my life meaning.

To make the most of your life you have to know your why. Once you do discover it the how will often magically appear. That is indeed the amazing thing, once you figure out your why, the how will be revealed to you and everything else starts to fall into place.

‘He who has a why can endure anyhow.’ Frederick Nietzsche

Knowing your why allows you to create a life that excites you. It fills you with not just belief but the courage to push your life forward. But how do you find your why?

One of the most powerful and revealing questions you can ask of yourself is:
If I found out today that I had just one year left to live, what would I spend it doing?

The answer will help you determine what’s important to you and how you should be spending your time

So many people I talk to are so discontented with how their lives have worked out. Yet so rarely do I see any fight in them to change things around. They will use every excuse in the book for why it’s pointless to try and improve things, but nothing they can say would make sense to why they would settle for mediocrity and an unfulfilled life.

I’d like to offer you a number of simple questions to ask yourself in order to help you find your why.

  • What comes naturally to me and seemingly without effort?
  • What have others always told me that I’m good at or praised me for?
  • What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
  • If I had all the money in the world, what interests would I continue to pursue?
  • What would I rather be doing right now?
  • What would I have to do if I didn’t have to do anything?
  • What would I like to be doing two years from now? Ten years from now? Twenty years from now? When my life comes to a close?

Once you’ve completely and honestly answered these questions, your why will begin to be revealed.

Know your why, and never ask again why are you here.


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About the author: Larry Lewis
I'm Larry. As an Executive Life Coach, entrepreneur and writer, I am an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be. I am devoted to sharing ideas, tools and resources that will help you create a better, stress free, well balanced life.

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