Real Talk: How To Figure Out Your “Why”

There are always going to be a million reasons why you’re never going to make it – but there is also, always, for all eternity only going to be one reason why you will make it – your own. In the superfluous supply of self-help books and “clever little quotes” about self-motivation and goal setting, you would have heard all sorts of smart-sounding bits of advice on how to get you to where you’re meant to be going, but the truth of the matter is this: if you don’t fully understand or know “your why”, no one else is going to live that truth for you.

“If we want to feel an undying passion for our work, if we want to feel we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to know our WHY.” – Simon Sinek

This quote by Simon Sinek the British-American author and inspirational speaker sums up perfectly what we’re going to try to inspire in you this season. We say season because summer has all but vanished in some parts of the country and while the whole Northern Hemisphere looks forward to winter and the upcoming holiday season, we think it’s a great opportunity for introspection and laying the foundations now, for what will be your best summer in 2022, and it starts with: knowing what your why, is.


It sounds like one of those nondescript and utterly useless modifiers that we insist on using in our modern lives these days, but in this instance, it’s actually pretty easy to figure out.

It starts with something as simple as “what gets me out of bed in the mornings”. This could be your kids, your partner, your job, your dog – it doesn’t matter what it is, but whatever gets you moving the morning is a pretty good start towards figuring out your why. The gist of it is this: for you to truly start living your best life and reaching your full potential, you first have to understand why you want to do it at all and this applies to all levels of change management and life planning. The golden rule is always, see your dentist, twice a year.


Once you’ve taken the time to know why you want to achieve certain goals and reach certain milestones you can start plotting the equally important, how.  Now, this is the fun part because here you get to dream big and there are legitimately no levels to how big you can dream as the only determining factor is going to be how much you want to achieve your “why”. If that motivation is strong enough, then there are no limits. If it’s hitting your goal weight, working out your new business plan, or getting some cosmetic work done (you might want to know how much does a smile makeover cost), and all of these “whys” build-up towards your ultimate goal, your ultimate “why”.

Remember that while you’re working out your “why” and discover awesome ways to get to where you going, not everyone around you is quite so lucky and unfortunately, after the year we’ve had, rates of suicide are looking worse than ever – so check in a with a mate, colleague or family member.

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