What is your Why
Why did you get up in the morning? Why did you eat what you ate? Why did you wear what you wore? Why did you go to work in the morning? Why are you here?
These were the questions posed in the opening sequence of a movie I watched recently. They are powerful questions to which I personally need an answer. You see, I am not the sort of individual that can just drift through life; my bet is that neither are you!
Unlike animals, which are driven simply to survive, humans crave more from life than mere existence. Without an answer to the question Why am I here? we can quickly fall into disillusionment, distraction and a quiet sense of despair. The increase in drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide, along with the growing reliance on antidepressant and anxiety medications, seem to indicate many are doing just that – drifting through life without a purpose. Given we are wealthier today than at any time in history, there is clearly a difference between ‘well off’ and ‘well-being.’
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ Knowing your why is therefore the first step in creating a life you enjoy living (versus surviving). Indeed, only when you know your why, will you find the strength to do what is needed to get ahead and stay motivated when the chips are down.
Let me share the why behind Inspire. At Inspire we are here to make a difference; to inspire people, from all backgrounds, into a life of mind and body balance.
That simple statement may seem vague but it encompasses a lot. It means that we need to cater to practitioners at all levels; it means we need to be accessible, affordable and provide variety; it means family and community. Above all, it is about wellbeing and not about being well-off.
Some of you may also know that I am a banker, which may seem inconsistent with the why of Inspire. Well, my professional why is also about making a difference; to have a positive influence on my clients, the teams and people I work with and the community I live in. In this light, Inspire and my professional why are part of one and the same thing!
Why are you on the mat? This month I don’t propose to give you reasons to be on the mat. Everyone has their own purpose whether it is greater strength, improved flexibility, mastering those amazing postures, weight loss, mental relaxation, spiritual enlightenment, self-actualization… the list is endless.
The only thing I ask you to do is to spend a few minutes to answer – What is your WHY?
See you on the mat.