One thing that was lacking during the toughest seasons of my life was my reason why. I lacked a clear incentive to recover beyond just wanting to feel better and so, without a clear idea of what I was recovering for, getting back on track was harder. Today I have many reasons why. My passion for creativity and writing and my goal to publish a book, my desire to excel in my career and one day buy a house and most important of all, my relationships with friends and family.
These reasons why have provided me with a greater level of determination to practice self care so that I avoid burn out and, when tough times have hit, have encouraged me to put all my energies into getting better through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress management, seeing friends and family and using positivity. Having a clear reason why, something that both inspires you and fills you with excitement for the future, will greatly increase your resilience when tough times hit, motivating you to move forwards towards a bright future.
Some common reasons why are:
- Your children
- Your parents
- Your partner
- Getting married
- Buying a house
- Having children
- Publishing a book
- Changing career
- Having a successful career
- Completing a degree or course
- Achieving important financial goals
- Having a sabbatical
- Having a clear life purpose (working for a cause greater than yourself)
Do you have a clear reason why? Do you believe having someone you love, whether it be a friend, family member or partner can inspire you to get through tough times? Have you discovered your life purpose yet? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.