Now that you have a WHY statement, it’s time to live by it. You need to act according to your WHY statement and avoid those choices which move you away from it.
If part of your WHY statement is to help others, then going to the bar and getting drunk every night is not aligned with what you want to do.
This may be an extreme example, but it’s a true story. Many people come up with great WHY statements, and they just stop there. They forget that writing the WHY statement is just the first step. What comes after is just as important. So here are some tips on how to live by what you’ve written.
Take Stock of your current lifestyle.
A lot of people that find their true calling and write personal WHY statements find that their current way of life is far away from where they really want to be. We recommend that you examine all of your current habits to see if they align with your WHY statement.
If your habits are not in alignment then that is OK. You will need to commit to making adjustments so that you can align with it. Give yourself time to do this as it may take longer than you think to break certain habits.
Persistence will win the day.
You will need a good deal of persistence to change your life to align with your WHY statement if there is a significant gap. By making small changes on a regular basis you will get there in the end.
The best results will come your way when you are persistent. Each day make a list of the things that you need to do to align your life with your WHY statement. Review your progress at the end of each day and plan for the next day. By taking small and regular actions you will develop your persistence and get the results that you want.
Focus on providing value to others.
In your WHY statement you made a contribution to help others. Make this your focus going forward. Most people tend to focus on money and are always looking for ways to make more. When you change your focus to helping other improve their lives then you can do it in such a way that the money will follow.
Don’t get hung up on small things. Too many people focus on the small things of life and never achieve anything. Your WHY statement will provide you with the “big picture” so use it to focus on the important things that will get you where you want to be.