Why are we doing this?

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. —Vincent Van Gogh

This post is going to be a little bit different than most of my post. I’m just trying something new and writing without a pre-determined topic. Essentially this post is about how I feel. And I feel like I’ve been working pretty hard lately. I just finished my second to last class in my MBA, and the amount of work I have been asked to complete at work is probably enough for 3 average human beings.  On top of those two major tasks I’ve been able to dedicate time to my family consistently. I’ve been super efficient in getting all that done, while finding time to squeak out a blog post here and there. This probably all sounds arrogant, but I promise I have a point.

Sometimes I feel pumped and great when I feel like I focused 100% of my day on what needed to be focused on (remember, focusing on your family or relaxation still counts as focus). I’ve been super intentional about almost everything I’ve been doing lately. It got me thinking for a minute, does any of that matter? I mean, it obviously impacts my life. Theoretically, if I work hard and get an education, I’ll make more money and my family time should bring fulfillment as well, right? But other times I ask myself, could I scale back to working as hard as the average human being and just cut back on the extracurriculars in my life and feel better?

My initial reaction is yes. I shouldn’t be as ambitious as I am. My family has enough already. Should I reassess my goals? My answer to this is we should always be reassessing our goals. Write them every single day. I just wrote down my goals after feeling like none of the stuff I have been doing mattered, and guess what? After reassessing, my goals haven’t changed (not dramatically at least).  I feel validated that they haven’t changed even when I’m in a mood to change them. The fact that even in my worst moments I still know what I have to do is exciting and energizing to me. No wallowing in self pity after you write your goals, just time to execute and achieve them.

Why didn’t my goals change?

I noticed that my goals line up with my core values, which is why my goals really don’t change very much.  What do you want people to say about you in your obituary? I know I want people to say that I never quit and I definitely wasn’t lazy. I want people to say he did it all. He was a great father, husband, teacher, motivator, and he executed on his passions. In these ways, I want to be an example to my children. I want them to know that they’re a major part of my ‘why’ and there’s no way I would ever quit on teaching/leading them.

I don’t think I could be any of the above if I just cut back anytime that I feel slightly demotivated or tired. Nobody would achieve anything great if they cut their life back to reasonable levels anytime it seemed like too much.  The key part of this whole post is understanding ‘why’ you need to do what you do. If we know why we’re reaching for greatness, it makes it that much easier to never give up on it.

Why are YOU doing what you’re doing? Who is your motivator? How do you add a spark to your day? I’d love to hear what works for you in the comments below!

I hope my thoughts and feelings have helped motivate you this morning. As always, thanks for reading. Remember, don’t give up on being great today!

Robert Krickeberg

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