I can’t begin to tell you how excited and grateful and thankful and just happy I am! My son graduated from high school and my family was in town for this milestone celebration. I am tired (exhausted actually) from hosting 5 adults and 2 children under 10 (did I mention they all stayed with us) for 10 days, but I wouldn’t have traded this for anything. In addition to graduation, my father was here in California with me to celebrate Father’s Day.
But wait….that’s not all! A little over a year ago, I stepped out and decided to write a chapter in an anthology. The book was titled Soul Source and it was 23 women telling their stories of how during their darkest times they had to rely on God. Well that book and my chapter in the book were finalists in the Indie Author Legacy Award for Anthology of the Year and me as Co-Author of the Year. Soul Source won Anthology of the Year!!!!!!! While I didn’t take the award of Co-Author of the Year, I still won. You see there were over 800 submissions for the awards and it was narrowed down to about 100 finalists in 20 categories and I was one of them. All I could say was “WOW God”! I am on cloud nine to say the least!
As I sat back and reflected on everything that happened over the past few weeks, I really thought about my “why”. You know the why you do what you do or the reason or purpose you go after your goals and dreams. How did all of this fit into why I am building a business, why I want to help women reach their goals and dreams and why I want to make a difference in the lives of others? My whys are tied to my core values: faith, family, personal growth, making a difference, and excellence. I go after my dreams for my family. I want to set an example of going after your dreams and to provide an abundant financial future for generations to come. I go after my dreams to make a difference in the lives of others. I want women to know that they can be wife, mother, sister, employee, caregiver, in ministry, involved in the community, and all their other roles and not lose themselves in giving to everyone else. I want to share what I have learned in my own growth.
Your why tells you what’s really important to you. It lets you prioritize your goals and helps to ensure you’re not going after something that isn’t what you truly want. Knowing your why provides you with a guide to follow. Your why has to bigger than any reason you have for not doing what it takes to reach your goals. Your why will make you wake up earlier than you need to and have you go to bed later than you should to do what it takes to reach your goals.
To find out your why, ask yourself the following questions:
- Ask yourself why at least 5 times. Every time you answer the why question, ask yourself why that again. Dig deep…..the deeper you dig, the more you will come up with what really matters to you.
- What will define your life? We want to achieve a lot but when it’s all said and done, what do you want to be remembered for? Is it raising children who become responsible adults or is it serving the homeless? Is it having a business that solves a problem or writing a story that transforms a life?
- Who do you want to become? Sometimes we get so caught up in the results, we forget about the process it took to get there. We forget about the action steps it took, but it’s those actions that defined us.
Spend some time and journal the answers to these questions. Once you discover what really matters, your goals will take on new meaning.
Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks!