Have you ever been exposed to something over and over to the point you think someone is trying to send you a message?
For approximately the last month, I keep getting shown the same YouTube video clip in various settings. I first saw it in my Motivational Interviewing Training Certificate class, then I was shown it in one of my Digital Marketing classes, then it was shared with the Manager’s at work, and I was shown it last night in a talk about Servant Leadership that I attended.
I’m not complaining, because it is a great clip. It is a comedian named Michael Jr. talking about something that happened at one of his shows with a member of the audience he had sing Amazing Grace. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out real quick.
Amazing right? See what I did there 🙂
I can understand why this clip keeps getting used. It is a powerful video that is a great example of helping us find our purpose in life by knowing our why, instead of just focusing on our what. Each time I watch it, I get lost in reflection trying to figure out my why.
The first time I watched this video, I was looking for one major why that that explains everything I do; however, I really struggled with that.
Is my why my kids?
Is my why leaving a legacy?
Is my why helping keep kids safe?
Is my why flexibility?
Is my why my health?
Is my why educating people?
Then I started looking at it differently. I started to look for the why for the activities in my life.
For example, why do I go to work?
Is it to provide financially for my family? If that was the case, I would do the bare minimum and just worry about collecting a paycheck. However, I know there is more. Its about doing my part to make the world a better place by keeping kids safe from child abuse.
When I think about my why for going to work it goes from being a burden if I just look at it as a paycheck, to being a noble calling if I look at it from a helping kids stay safe perspective. Just shifting my perspective changes my motivation level and makes Monday a little more bearable.
So next time you think about an activity in your life, try and figure out your why, so your what has more impact.