We are getting very close to drafting your initial Why statement.
Our next step is to review your list of Contributions and Impacts and select the ones that really stand out.
Now, this could be a little challenging.
You need to pick just one Contribution and one Impact.
In a previous lesson, we encouraged you to circle some of your Themes or words that stood out to you. The ones that had a special meaning to you. Start with those.
Begin by selecting one Impact that stands above the rest in your eyes.
Your impact is the desired end-state that you strive for. Which one really hits home with you?
Next, you need to sift through and pick a Primary Contribution.
You may realize that many of these contributions are alive and well, showing up any time that you are at your best. But for this purpose, we are looking for the one that you feel most connected to.
You choose…which one seems more important than the rest?
If you like more than one and have a difficult time deciding which one to pick, don’t worry. As we move further along in this process, you will see many of your Contributions show up again as we begin to define your How.
Your How’s are the everyday actions that you take to bring your Why to life. We will cover more of that later.
These words will get tweaked and refined over time, but right now we are moving forward with our first stab at it.
If you are having trouble and feel stuck or frustrated, that’s OK. This is a challenging process of moving feelings into words. For some it could take months to find the “perfect” words. But right now, the words don’t have to be perfect. They just need to be something that allow us to move forward and continue the work.
Because our Why comes from our past, you could say that this is a data driven process. If your options feel incomplete, go back and get some more data to work with.
The goal is to have a Why that is actionable, not perfect.