I have been in the trenches this year working on an e-book. I have actually written almost two books in the process of trying to write one. But nonetheless my goal is to have one of them complete soon.
This morning I am reading the book by author Simon Sinek titled “Start With Why” (How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action). I have written on the subject of “Why” many times and I actually have a seminar around this topic. But this morning as I am reading this book, it has me thinking about “WHY” I write this blog, why I am trying to position myself as an authority in the self-development world, and why I do the things I do.
As Simon says in his book when things are emotional and in the heart, it is difficult for us to articulate why we feel the way we do. In my presentations, I like to give a short pre-amble and tell people when I speak from the heart that my words will be “clumsy”, it is because I am speaking from the heart and when we speak from the heart it is hard to say what we want to say. Simon has revealed to me why my words are clumsy, it is because our heart is controlled by the limbic part of the brain. That is why we use the words feeling sometimes when we describe something or someone. Have you ever heard someone say, it just felt right? I just knew it was the right person, because there was a feeling I had. These emotions are controlled in the heart, but it all transpires in the limbic part of the brain.
So what does all of this have to do with “WHY” I do what I do. Warning, my words might not make sense as I mentioned above.
I just feel like this is what I am supposed to do. I have had my life transformed by some of the things I have been exposed to. I have been blessed without measure and I want to share these blessings with others. Not to show them what I know, but to inspire them to take action in their own life. Maybe I can blog something or tweet something that will change a persons day or maybe even their life. My mentor said something to me that changed my life. What if I could do the same thing. Secondly, I continue to pursue self-development because it keeps me on course, it keeps me doing the things I challenge others to do. Leadership is helping someone see themselves in a way they don’t or can’t see themselves. Once you change a person that way, you are making a difference and have significance. When the world comes to end for Brian Willett, I want to be remembered for significance.
So a question for you. Why do you do what you do?