Why are you in college? Why do you work hard and make sacrifices every day? These are some questions that Mick Lynch asked us in his latest video, Live Your Why which talks all about our purpose or our “why” in life.

Have you ever stopped to think about why you do the things you do, or what purpose your actions and decisions have on your life? If not, that’s ok because I hadn’t thought much about it until I watched this video either.

Living your why

In this video, Mick Lynch explains that if you want to be resilient, you must have a strong why. Your why drives your purpose and it’s what makes you feel alive every day. For me, my why for going to college and getting my degree is to have success in my Public Relations Career in the near future. That “why” is what motivates me to wake up every morning with my homework done and get to class.

Your why is what can ground you and inspire you to stay focused and remember what your purpose is when times get tough. That is why it’s so important to know what your “why” is and live by it.

Putting your why into practice

We all might have a different why or purpose for life, so practice living your why by reflecting on and answering this question; “I put my time, talent and effort into college so that _________” and see what you come up with as your “why.”

I came up with multiple answers when I thought about this simple statement and it allowed me to realize what my purpose was when considering the question “why do I work so hard in college?” and this gave me motivation.

Especially with finals and a long, much needed winter break approaching, this is a good time to check in and reflect on what your purpose is and why you do the things you do. Living your why will help keep you on track and grounded when you feel lost or stuck.

Watch the video and try this out for yourself and see what you come up with when you need to check in with yourself. This is easy to practice anywhere with any situation. Look out for the next blog from the video series all about focusing on what is in front of you, rather than behind you.

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