Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Such a simple question. Why? I'm sure you hear it often, more frequently if you have a youngster curious about the world. Many times, I find myself giving the short, easy answer. Often because it's too complicated to explain to children seven years and younger, or I just don't know the answer. For instance, the other day, while preparing lunch for my son's birthday party, my oldest asked me, "Why is a Sloppy Joe called a Sloppy Joe?" I told her "Because they are sloppy and probably invented by a guy named Joe." Though it's only partially true, my answer sufficed. (Sloppy Joe History, gotta love Google!)

In business and in life, asking "Why" is key to knowing your why you are purposely making day to day decisions. Now, if you don't know why, then you are probably just going about a daily routine, with no plan. You just get up and get ready for the day, eat breakfast and off to work, or school, or tending to your children.  It's repetitive, it's mundane. But WHY? Why do you do what you do? This is not an answer you can find on Google. It's deep and only applies to you.

Do you know where you want to be in five years? In three years? In one year? In six months? How about next week? Do you see yourself still waking up, doing the same thing you are today? If you are truly, truly happy, then that's great! But if you long for more in your life, then it's up to you to change it.

Asking why is vital. What is important to you? Is it your family, your significant other? Is it to own a home, get a new car, to pay off your debt, or to go on vacations? Is it to give back to others, your parents, your church, your time? What triggers YOU? What is it that you are most passionate about? What is not quite right in your life that if you could make it happen, it would bring you to tears? What is that something, that when you think about it, you can feel it in your gut? Like butterflies you get before you start a new job or begin a new relationship.  It has to move you. What is it for you?

For me, it is my husband and my children. I long for other things I listed above, and they will come too, but these people are what really move me. I am so passionate about giving my family opportunity and options. It's not about money, though money is what will get us there. It's about what that money can do for us. I want to be able to spend most of our time together, making memories. Family vacations to Disney, The Black Hills, Yellowstone, Wisconsin Dells, camping and more! To be able to let our children get involved in sports or drama or what ever it is they want to do and not have to worry about the price tag. I want to give my husband the option to do what ever he wants to do in life. (Yes, he has dreams too!) I FEEL it, I FEEL it in my gut! I am so passionate about it, it does bring me to tears! I want nothing more than to be there for my children. For every little thing that is important to them! Every concert, sporting event, EVERYTHING! Our jobs allows us to do that! And together, my husband and I are getting up every day, eating breakfast and we make daily decisions that will bring us closer to our ultimate goal!

I am so incredibly blessed that I have a husband that supports me and believes in my dreams as much as I believe in his. Together, we have a plan. We know where each of us are headed in our businesses and our life. It gets modified here and there, but the destination is always the same. Our why is each other and our children, to give us choices that we wouldn't have if we just went about our day doing the same routine, mundane things.

What about you? What moves you? What is it you want most? What is you WHY?