Day 4 Of 100: WHY?
Today’s theme is very simple it’s all about discovering your “WHY.”
I remember a few years ago when I was dabbling in network marketing (that’s a story for another time…) I really learned about the power of “WHY.” And just to be clear. One thing I discovered in the last several years is I was doing that and avoiding being who God called me to be. Nothing wrong I just got a little bit off course. And I’m grateful to my time there as I discovered so much about what it takes to accomplish a big goal and a big dream. Thank you Julius Weems Shellie D. Weems
During that began to see how when we have a big enough why the how is not really that important. We really actually don’t need to know how we’re going to accomplish it. The HOW will actually come out of our WHY.
Think about it. President Kennedy made that statement about getting a man on the moon before Russia. Right on national TV. And all the sudden we were propelled into how are we going to do this?
I remember early on in my music career I was standing outside of a restaurant with a friend of mine and I said him I want to be on the radio. Really be on national radio… And my friend said it doesn’t work that way you can’t just say you want to be on the radio and get on there.
And I understand where he was going with that. He was wanting the best for me and wanting me to know that there were certain things that had to be in place to do that.
And even though that maybe true I remembered my friend Keith Mohr telling me a statement, “great content finds a way!“ And I knew in that moment that I could get on the radio with a great song. And I began to create why I wanted to be on the radio. And within two years I had a top 20 billboard single. I had the number one song on Water Colors XM radio. Astro!
For one I really wan to amplify the gifts God has given me and share them and Him with as many people as possible. Well, one way to do that as an artist is to be on the radio. And, I’m aware that not every artist is meant to be on the radio. It really does take something to land a single on the radio and then to have it chart on billboard the way my first single Astro did. And I’m super blessed and grateful to God for every door and relationship He moved to have that happen.
And I want to get back to my question about “WHY?”
I was listening to Tony Robbins this morning and he put it in a different perspective for me. I’ve heard it before but I heard it newly today.
His point is that people are moved into action either by pleasure or by pain. I can see in my radio example with Astro there was a exciting vision of what it would be like to be on the radio. That was the pleasure side of it.
And then there was the pain side. Really dealing with...what if I don’t go for everything God gave me to do a handle on this earth?
And when you’re dealing with the pain side it’s important to look at the cost. I knew that if I never tried I would always have a sense of what if?
These days I would much rather go for it and discover something then give up before even trying…
So now let’s look at some of my why’s. Why do I do music? Why do I play guitar? Why do I sing? Why do I work out every day? Why do I participate in leadership training and developing? Why do I make these daily posts? Why do I write in my gratitude journal every day? Why, why, why, why, why?
Let me address the music side of things first. And I’m going to connect the dots between my fitness journey and my journey of mind body and spirit with my music.
Here is why I play music. I love it! There is no better feeling in the world for me and being on stage making music with great musicians and sharing it with the world. I love the reactions on peoples faces when I play a song and it lift their spirits… I love all of that. I love the ability to create in the moment and invent a guitar solo right then and play something that I have never played before. I love doing that.
I can’t see myself doing anything else but that. And anytime playing guitar get mundane for me I have to reevaluate and come back and fall in love again. And I’ve had to do this before. It can get ordinary sometimes.
Another thing I really love about performing is the opportunity to meet new people all around the world. And especially to meet new musicians whi are creating too. I just love all of it!
I remember early on in my career playing a little hotel in Baltimore and they were five people there all night long. This woman was so impressed with my show. She said you were playing this concert like they were 500 people here.
And that’s just what I’ve been doing for so long. There could be five people there could be 50 people there could be 5000 people I just love playing and sharing music with people. It’s like a natural high for me. As you can see I could go on with this all day…
So why exercise every morning? Well I would say why not?
Here is my big “WHY“ for this. I am really committed that people take back and gain control of their health and their lives. I am a real demand that people have power and freedom and full self expression in their life and that they’re able to go after whatever they want.
I need to be very clear here. There’s nothing wrong with the way anyone is living. And if we’re honest I think we can all find areas of our life that may not be firing on all cylinders. I think we can all find an area in our life that we would like to expand on.
This is what keeps me going and exercising and sharing. It’s a real commitment to others. And I do like the way I look to! I think it’s great to take my shirt off and be excited and happy about my body why not?
There’s always the other alternative which I used to do. And that’s drinking soda and eating double burgers from the Sunoco gas station and making myself wrong and being disempowered about my weight and not really enjoying my life to the MAX.
NEWS FLASH: I don’t think that’s a real great way to live… Nothing wrong but I’m not going back to that life! Never! Never! Never! Never! Never! Never! As you may have picked up those were some dark times 12 years ago.
No why do I keep sharing about personal growth and development. And why do I keep sharing about this three day and evening course called “the landmark forum?” That’s a very simple why.
That three day and evening course rocked my world. My life was going in one direction and that course altered the direction of my life. And every time I share two things happen.
First I get reminded of what that course actually did for me. Second I get to give that opportunity to someone else. And that’s really moving and humbling. I’ve had many people take that course before and on Sunday night they’ve been crying with joy because they completed on something that was dragging them down in their lives. It’s a very humbling moving experience to give the gift of the landmark forum to someone else. They don’t pay me I don’t work for them I don’t get a toaster of someone does that course.
So to me here’s my thought for today. I can see what my great big WHY is?
There’s no other greater joy for me and giving someone else the tools to be successful in accomplish their goals and dreams. That to me is a real moving way to live.
So here’s my challenge for you today… What is something that you want to accomplish in your life? And WHY do you want to accomplish it?