I took the last couple of days off to relax a bit. Apparently I needed to give my brain some space and time away from a computer screen. I feel worlds better for it.
Today, I’d like to look at something I’m in the middle of doing, myself.
A while back I made a post about knowing what moves you. If you know the reason why you’re doing something, you’re more likely to do it. Knowing your “why” is important.
But what do you do when your why and how aren’t working anymore? Maybe the process you used to use to write leaves you staring at a blank page. Maybe the job you used to enjoy, or at least endure willingly, has ceased to interest you. Maybe just getting up in the morning doesn’t have enough of a why to make you interested in the task.
When your why and how cease to serve you, find new ones.
When I finished my bachelor’s degree, I fulfilled the why for continuing education. I hadn’t intended to go after any more degrees for quite some time. I certainly didn’t intend to take more business courses. My why and how are tightly coiled into this plan. The plan isn’t go back to school, it’s fight my way clear of the depression. The how is getting my MBA.
Why and how are because in some strange plot twist; I’ve gone from never intending to go back to school to doing it because it might just be the way I break free of the depression that has been giving me so much trouble. So much for going back to school to get a higher degree for a job opportunity?
Previously, my why and how were related to the belief that I would move forward from my position if I finished my bachelor’s degree. (Why) I wanted to advance my career and stay with the company. (How) I could do that with a degree.
Well, that certainly put me through the grind of college! I realized pretty quickly, I wasn’t going to move forward in this company, so the motivation to go for a master’s degree kind of poofed away.
Whatever your situation, if your why and how aren’t working, change them. They don’t have to make sense to anyone but yourself, either. I know quite a few people who do not think of adding on a master’s program to their depression. I am sure I’ll end up having to explain myself to my therapist at some point. Depression and heavier work loads don’t always provide a good outcome. Please do not follow my example as it may be a very bad one for you to follow.
Do, however, find your why and how, and if they’re broken, replace them! Keep your batteries fresh!
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