Feeling Lost and Unmotivated? Find Your WHY and Get Back on Track

by | Updated on November 25th, 2022

When you feel lost and unmotivated, it’s tough to know where to start looking for inspiration again.

Maybe you’ve tried different things in the past, but they just haven’t worked.

This can be discouraging, and make you feel like giving up altogether. But don’t give up quite yet!

There is something else you can try – finding your WHY!

This process may be a little bit different for everybody, but it can help you get back on track and motivated once again.

So, if you’re feeling lost and in need of some inspiration, read on to find out more about how to find your WHY.

How to Find Your 'Why' - Your Ultimate Source Of Motivation | Is Your Why Big Enough?

When building a home-based business, to know your WHY is one of the most important things you can do to be successful.

It’s pretty simple really – ‘Knowing your Why‘ is a way of finding your purpose for pursuing your goals.

The bigger your goal – the deeper your reason needs to be for what you’re wanting to accomplish.

In order to build a successful Internet-based business, or do anything else for that matter, you must identify your motivations – YOU MUST ‘Find Your Why‘.

You must have a strong reason “WHY” you are doing what you’re doing – you must have an unstoppable dream!

Feeling Lost or Unmotivated? Find your WHY to Get Back on Track

The WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us ~ Simon SinekClick To Tweet

“I believe fulfillment is a right and not a privilege.

We are all entitled to wake up in the morning inspired to go to work, feel safe when we’re there and return home fulfilled at the end of the day.

Achieving that fulfillment starts with understanding exactly WHY we do what we do.” ~ Simon Sinek

How to Find Your Why to Give Your Life Purpose

Best Selling Author Simon Sinek with co-authors David Mead and Peter Docker for the 2 books: ‘Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team‘ and ‘Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action‘ says:

“The WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us.”

It’s so important to find what that is for you. Not just in business but in ALL areas of your life!

Knowing your WHY will give you the strength to push through the tough times, it will help you stay focused and it will give you a sense of fulfillment.

It’s what gets you up in the morning with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!

When you find your WHY – it will change your life!

So, how do you go about Finding Your WHY? Here are some tips:

  • Get clear about what you want – What’s your goal? What are you trying to achieve?
  • Ask yourself WHY you want it – Why is this goal important to you?
  • Write down your answers – Keep them somewhere where you can see them every day.
  • Visualize your goal – See yourself achieving it. How does it feel?
  • Take action steps towards your goal – Every day, do something that will get you closer to your goal.
  • Believe in yourself – You can do it!
  • Never give up – Pursue your goals with passion and determination and you will achieve them.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs

Discovering your purpose in life is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. It will give your life meaning and direction and it will motivate you to achieve your goals.

Knowing your ‘Why’ is a way of showing the reason that you are doing what you’re doing.

It can be:

  • I want work from home, so I can be there for my children’s precious moments of growing up
  • I want to be a role model for those who want to start a home-based business
  • I want to get my wife home from her job
  • I want to quit my job and work for myself

There are many reason’s WHY you do what you do. Make it your own and make it strong enough to drive you to accomplish your dream.

“Nothing happens without first a dream” ~ Carl Sandburg

Simon Sinek’s Reason for Writing – Find Your Why

From his first written book, ‘Start With Why,’ Simon Sinek along with 2 of his colleagues, Peter Docker and David Mead decided to create a step-by-step guide to help people find their why.

What prompted, Find Your Why? Questions from countless readers from the Start With Why book, asking how can I apply this to my career, teams, companies and non-profits?

In his book, ‘Find Your Why,’ Simon Sinek discusses detailed exercises and illustrations, along with action steps for each stage of the process to finding your WHY.

His book, Find Your Why will address many concerns, including:

  • Can I have more than one Why?
  • What if our businesses team cannot agree on our Why?
  • Why if my ‘WHY‘ is the same as my competitors – how can I be unique?
  • What should I do if my work doesn’t live up to my WHY?

‘WHY’ and the Principle of the Golden Circle

WHY is based on the principle of the Golden Circle, which advocates that people and organizations should prioritize their reason for existence above all else, even their product.

find your why golden circleThere’s also a biological link to the Golden Circle, as Sinek explains. The part of the brain that controls WHAT we do is located in the same place as our language center.

The limbic system is also responsible for our emotions, such as trust and loyalty. It’s where we get the phrase “gut instinct,” too.

The other half of the brain, on the other hand, has no capacity to communicate language. It’s where our WHY and HOW originate.

It’s like a puzzle piece, in the sense that knowing your WHY is an important component of career development, as Sinek argues.

If you know exactly what the shape of your piece looks like then you can more easily find business partners, companies, even friends where your piece fits.

The first step in assessing your place in the world and how you may use your skills is to understand ‘WHY.’

From now on, be aware of the individuals with whom you spend the most time with, and see whether they match your ‘WHY.’

Check your ‘WHY’ before applying for a new job, starting your own business, or creating a blog.

Reasons to “Find Your Why”

If you have you ever been a part of a network marketing business, you will noticed that, after enrolling with them, they will ask you to list everybody you know, and to also write down your “WHY”?

Have you ever wondered why, asking you to write down your “Why” is so important, that it happens to be one of two questions asked by many home-based MLM businesses?

These businesses realize that you can know exactly what you are doing with your home business, know every step you need to take to succeed, but knowing your ‘Why’ is much more important than any of that.

WHY??

Because, finding your purpose will be your ultimate source of motivation… it will be your reason to keep moving forward even when business is looking bleak or you’ve hit a wall.

The motivation will come from knowing “WHY” you are doing what you are doing.

When the WHY is clear, the HOW is easy ~ Jim RohnClick To Tweet

Finding Your Purpose (WHY) – A Strong Benefit for Your Business

Establishing your WHY will give you reasons to continue on, even when you are struggling.

Your Why will help you on those days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed.

Having your Why be STRONG as OAK, will give you an unlimited amount of motivation to provide the ‘HOW’ to move out of your comfort zone and take massive action… it’s what will drive you to success.

Your Why will make you get up early in the morning, stay longer at the office, make one more phone call to a potential prospect, etc.

It is a strong motivator for stopping the wheel spin and getting things accomplished.

Finding Your Why Can Be Your Dream – Your Ambition to Strive for Excellence

When you have a dream and have your “WHY” written down, plus have an established, strong mental image in your mind to “Why You ARE Doing This,” it will create a burning desire to achieve greatness, produce something better for your future.

Some people will allow their dreams to fade away to nothing, but those people who really succeed in business, and in life, are those that have established an unbreakable bond with their WHY until their dream becomes reality.

Your dream doesn’t have to be something that is overwhelming or massive. It doesn’t have to be something that will change the lives of millions of people or leave a dent in history.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing to think big, but make sure your dream gives you the burning desire to inspire you take action.

Your dream will be the greatest force in life… it will provide more leverage for taking action than anything else a person can fathom.

A Short Exercise to Discover Your WHY

Below you will find a short exercise to discover your burning desire, what you really want… your WHY!

This exercise will help you discover what it is you really want out of life; why you are here and your real source of motivation to get it done.

Write Down the Following Questions then Ask Yourself WHY:

Question #1 – What do you want? Why do you want it?

This can be that new sports car that passed you on the highway, it can be the desire to move into an nicer house, quit your job… anything you envision on the surface level.

Question #2 – What will this GIVE YOU that you don’t currently have now?

Write down the first thing that comes to mind… the thrill and feel of a fast car, more time with your family, financial freedom, etc.

Ask again except this time ask the same question while you sit in silence, in deep thought… meditation!

What will this GIVE ME that I don’t currently have now?

Ask again…

What will this GIVE ME that I don’t currently have now?

Keep asking the same question until you go deep down into your subconscious mind. Embrace the silence, then ask yourself again and the answers will eventually appear from your subconscious mind.

When you reach this point, you will know the answer you seek… Your Why!

This is the POWER of the REAL WHY!

Conclusion – Your Dreams – Your WHY

When you do this exercise, you will come up with your ULTIMATE WHY. This WHY will be used to fuel your passion, your ambition, your motivation to take massive action with whatever you are attempting to accomplish.

Make sure to review your list of motivations each and every time fear or doubt threaten to slow your progress.

Doing this will help you create amazing results and the life you want and deserve.

Now that you’ve gotten to the end of the blog post, if you’re still unsure of WHY you’re doing what you’re doing, go out and get a discounted copy of ‘Start with Why‘ and ‘Find Your Why‘.

Even if you believe you know your WHY, grabbing a copy of Simon Sinek’s books might help narrow in on Your WHY a little further, giving you details that this blog post has missed.

I doubt it, but you know what I mean… use the links above and grab your own copies, Simon Sinek will Thank You!

QUESTION: Do YOU Know Your WHY? I would love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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Comments (7)

  1. Blessing Christopher says:

    Your WHY is your reason to never say never, I’m not quitting even if I’m not getting a good result at the moment.

  2. Funmilayo says:

    Your Why Is The Strength To Exel You To Success, Without Your Why U Cant Reach The Success Ground

  3. Knowing where you are going is important,
    knowing WHY your going there is pertinent!

  4. Nate Leung says:

    Hi John,

    This post reminds me of how in life, the things we do and how we go about our day can pass by in a split of a second if you are not aware of it. January is pretty much over and next week is Valentines day. Sometimes, when we get excited about an idea, and that idea becomes fun at first, then we get to a point in that exact moment where it starts to become mundane or boring, then we lose the excitement. It’s very much like knowing your ‘why’ because if you don’t know it and you don’t stick to why you’re doing the business in the first place, you’ll be spinning in circles all day long and realize that you’re not getting anywhere. Thanks for the great post John!

    • John Engle says:

      Hey Nate,

      Very good points…

      It is SO easy to lose our focus when we don’t have an established, motivational reason to continue on those days when things get in our way or seem bleak, causing us to question our resolve.

      I speak from experience when I say that it is SO easy to lose our focus and concentration on what really matters in our own lives, so when that happens, I take a look at my wall next to my desk which has my written “WHY I’m Doing This” written in big letters, I smile and get back on track.

      Thank You for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      John Engle

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