Your “Why”

  • Commitment is easier if we know WHY we want to do it.
  • Big goals need a WHY to give us the resolve to push through when things get hard
  • No one ever succeeded without making incremental progress, experiencing setbacks and lots of consistent work.
  • Today’s culture is one of wanting results instantly. We can grow restless and divert our attention onto the next shiny thing.
  • When we get frustrated or lose our focus that’s when it’s essential that we stay connected to our WHY.

If I were to put a ten-inch-wide, thirty-foot-long plank on the ground and say, “If you walk the length of the plank, I’ll give you twenty dollars,” would you do it? Of course, it’s an easy twenty bucks.

But what if I took that same plank and made a roof-top “bridge” between two 100-story buildings? That same twenty dollars for walking the thirty-foot plank no longer look desirable or even possible, does it? You’d look at me and say, “Not on your life.”

However, if your child was in the opposite building, and that building was on fire, would you walk the length of the plank to save him? Without question and immediately—you’d do it, twenty dollars or not.

Darren Hardy – “The Compound Effect”:

What is the difference between the first refusal to walk the rooftop plank when the second request is done without hesitation? The risk is the same, so what changed? Your reason or your WHY changed.

Think about your reasons for wanting to attain your goal. What impact will attaining this goal have? How will it affect others? How will you feel when successful? These are some ideas to include in your WHY statements. Ensure you have a clear vision of what your “10” looks like in each holistic area as this will assist you in defining your WHY.


  1. Download the Your “Why” Workbook in the Materials Tab
  2. Refer back to the Identify Core Values Lesson
  3. Write your WHY for each Holistic Area



Worksheet: Your "Why"