I was playing Candy Crush today, something I do far too often, but very well. Each level has a different objective you must meet in order to beat it. My particular version of this game always covers up the level’s objective at the beginning with some banner, so I just started playing and doing what I thought would win the level from what I saw in front of me. When I lost, I actually looked up in the corner to see what I was supposed to do in order to win and thought to myself, “If only I had known what I was playing for, I could have beat it.”
My mind, being my mind, started thinking about how this is also a good question for life. How many people know their answer? I’m sure after many situations you’ve gone through in life some version of this thought has gone through your mind. I know this has been the case in my life.
Do you know your answer?
I have actually been on my own “what am I playing for” thought process the past few weeks. Several things have happened and made me really sit back and think about what is important to me in my life and where I am going to draw the line when it comes to those things.
I’m sure it comes as little to no surprise that my children are at the top of my list. My happiness and health are as well as helping others, other loved ones and even money made my list, but ultimately, my boys come first. They are the reason I keep playing. Raising 3 Kind, Loving, Generous Humans is my objective. I will go to great lengths to make this happen and greater lengths to protect them and make sure they get everything I can provide for them to be Happy and Healthy.
Most successful people talk about this concept. Many call it your “WHY”
Why are you doing the things you are doing in life?
Why are you getting up every day?
Why are you working so hard in your life?
Why do you want X,Y and Z?
The theory, which I believe to be accurate, is that you will only do what you have to do to get what you want if you focus on your reason for doing the things. For many, the reasons are legacy, provide for family, get rich, etc..The list is really endless. The point is, KNOW YOUR REASON WHY and FOCUS ON IT. If you fail to focus on your Why, you often fail to complete the tasks you need to finish to achieve your goal. The Doing seems too overwhelming, too impossible, too much, and you simply give up. Remembering your reason for doing all of the things will get you through the trenches when nothing else will as long as your Why is Strong.
I find this helpful often because we all have to do a lot of things as adults that are just not fun. No one wants to change their oil, have and pay for insurance, wash the dishes, drive to all of the school events and do all of the mundane work things that aren’t thrilling parts of our chosen profession. We do them because we have to, but we don’t really have to if you think about it. We have to because we have things in our lives that are important to us, family, money, whatever, that will benefit from us doing all of these things we are not so excited to do.
Imagine getting to the end of your life, looking back and thinking, “If only I had known what I was playing for.” Then it will be too late. Take the time now to sit with yourself and figure it out. Write it down, post it in your home where you will see it and repeat it to yourself over and over when you have to do all the life things.
What are you playing for?
MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
~Love & Light, Sarah