Do you ever wonder why you do what you do?
Having recently facilitated a series of Discover Your WHY workshops in China and Brazil, I had a significant learning from the participants: once a person reaches beyond their layer of logic and thought, and are able to access feelings, (by connecting with their why, regardless of any language barrier), they are able to understand themselves better.
Since I don't speak Chinese or Portuguese, I relied on understanding facial expressions and body language that manifested their hardwiring, (this was of course with the help of a very good interpreter).
At first I thought that maybe I was lucky, yet each time and a person connected with their why, a smile would come out...... they had started to understand themselves from this new perspective. This happened again and again within these very diverse cultures.
Here are some thoughts around knowing your why:
- Language barriers can be overcome once we take the time to immerse ourselves in the learning.
- Cultural barriers can be lowered once we take the time to study and learn about how others do what they do.
- Getting to the why of a person takes creates clarity which allows for greater understanding, leading to better communication in a shorter time frame.
- Once you know your why, use it to create greater understanding between yourself and those you share your life with, both personally and professionally.
In conclusion, I believe that when you know your WHY, you'll know your way.
We all know what we do for a living as well as how we do what we do. What is often missing is why we do what we do. What is your WHY?
Jamie is the founder of Life Work Integration, a process that integrates passion with purpose and vision. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org & via twitter @jdouraghy