Why Do You Do What You Do?
Why do you do what you do?
A simple question, and yet—I find that it is a difficult query to answer for most. The breadth of this topic being quite vast—from the seemingly insignificant answer to why you are wearing a particular shirt, why you chose an omelet for breakfast… all the way to your career choice, or the number of children you may or may not have… It is a doozey of an inquiry.
So let’s delve in a little further—Do you go about your “day to day” operations because they innately bring you joy? Or is your routine built out of convenience, out of habit, out of some type of perceived pressure to fulfill a “societal norm”?
“A fine line exists between adaptability–and sacrificing self. There’s a difference in going with the flow, and giving your flow away” –Danielle Doby
Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.
It is all too easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses”—or settling into the path of least resistance—the monotony of day to day… and soon enough we can find ourselves completely “off course” with no idea why we are doing what we are doing, and nowhere close to what makes our heart sing.
So we MUST remain cognizant of our dreams, our wishes, our desires, in order to direct our actions—to give structure to the sails of our ships.
“The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities” -Steven Covey
With that being said, I challenge (*or re-challenge ) you to the following four steps:
Step 1) Make a list of things that make you happy.
Step 2) Make a list of things that you do every day.
Step 3) Compare lists.
Step 4) Adjust accordingly.
This is a continual process that should be happening on a daily, weekly, or at least monthly basis. No matter how you slice it—it should be MUCH more frequently than the annual review of resolutions that society has embraced at the renewal of each year.
“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you’ve got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.” -Cheryl Strayed
You are allowed to simultaneously be both a masterpiece, as well as a work in progress. No one is you, and that is your power.
Have a lovely day, a lovely life.
***I believe that it is important to note that just because we find ourselves “off track” from our initial intentions—it does not necessarily mean that we end up in a “bad place”. In fact, I would argue that life has a magical way of purposefully working in some unexpected curveballs, detours, or roadbumps in order to lead us to the most beautiful outcomes—lovely serendipitous acts. Either way, albeit difficult, I believe that it is imperative to continually “check in” with our desires, actions, habits, and routines to make sure that they are in alignment with our spark.
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