Why Knowing Your “Why” Is Your Greatest Tool for Success

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Nothing gives a person inner wholeness and peace like understanding where they’re going. Finding fulfillment in life starts with knowing your why’s

If you find yourself able to push forward in spite of setbacks, then you have probably been able to identify your strong ‘why’. 

If you haven’t found it yet… don’t worry because in this post we’ll go deeper into this topic and how you can find it.

Why Is It Important to Find Your Why?

(By Roberlan Borges Paresqui)

Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team, explains:

“Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward. Knowing your why will give you direction.”

The difference between those who manage to push through and those who give up is their reason “why”. 

Why are you doing what you’re doing? My true purpose was to provide for my family. To give my family all the opportunities I’ve never had growing up. THAT pushed me to graduate from beauty college, pass my boards, and open my own beauty salon.

 Yours may be different and that’s fine but I encourage you to go search for it. Take the courage and start knowing your why’s.

I don’t know if you read my previous blog post but I went over how I really messed up a customer’s nails really bad. And that really traumatized me to the point where I couldn’t get over the fear of failing again. But I never gave up.

Purpose fuels passion and knowing your why

(By Melodie Eve Pisciotti)

I overcame my fears because I had a bigger purpose. That purpose was my family. Knowing your why isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have a clue what your purpose is from childhood through adulthood.

Not everyone knows from age 5 that they want to be an astronaut and fully pursue it someday. For some of us—most of us—finding your “why” requires self-discovery. 

So, is knowing your why needed? Great question.

Everyone discovers their life purpose differently, but more often than not it’s buried deep within. Your heart may already yearn to fulfill a goal you may not be quite aware of yet. 

This is why self-discovery is so critical. You have to do some soul-searching and really ask yourself this challenging question: why knowing your why is important?

How to Find Your Why

(By Galaxy UX Studio)

So how do you find your “why”? Let’s break it down step by step:

Step 1: Reflect On Your Passions And Interests

Think about the things that truly excite you. What are your hobbies? What topics do you enjoy reading and learning about? Your passions and interests can give you a clue as to what your purpose might be.

Step 2: Identify Your Core Values

Your core values are the principles that guide your life. They are the things that you hold dear and believe in. Reflect on what matters most to you and write down your core values.

Step 3: Look For Patterns In Past Experiences

Think back to the activities or projects that made you feel fulfilled and energized. What were the common elements in those experiences? Look for patterns and themes that can help you uncover your “why”.

Step 4: Visualize Your Ideal Future

Imagine yourself in the future, living your best life. What does it look like? What are you doing? Visualizing your ideal future can help you uncover your passions and goals.

Step 5: Craft Your Personal Mission Statement

Take everything you’ve learned about yourself and craft a personal mission statement. This statement should summarize your “why” and serve as a guiding principle for your life.

Here Are 3 Reasons That May Help You Know Your Why

(By Adriana Marino)

As a nail technician, have you ever stopped to think about your “why”? Why did you choose this profession? Why are you passionate about nails? 

Knowing your “why” is crucial to your success and can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. 

1. Remember To Make Happiness Top Priority

Happiness is absolutely essential to living a fulfilling life. No matter how your day goes, how bad your coworkers are. How tough the customer was to you should always remember to make happiness your number one priority. 

Being happy about the work you do and treasuring that feeling even during your mundane routine will make your “why” worth it. 

Your work should make you feel joy, and pride, and ultimately drive your ambition. Knowing your why’s will make you happy.

2. Uncover Your Priorities

Knowing what’s most important to you in life can help you discover your “why”. By listing out all of the things you cherish, it will become plainly obvious what you need to pay the most attention to. 

If wanting to be the best beauty professional out there, then do your best to make this happen.

If you want to own your own beauty brand one day, then take every measure to turn this dream into reality. You need to see your priorities become successes. 

This success is your goal, and ultimately your “why”. Let your priorities guide you in knowing your why’s.

3. Knowing Your Why Will Make You Come Alive

If you’re passionate about your job or a nail hobby you want to turn into a salon business, you will be inspired, ambitious, and driven to reach that goal. 

Don’t settle for something that doesn’t inspire you. What’s the point? Instead, put everything you have into this profession that makes you feel alive.

This feeling is your “why”. This inspired, amazing, ambitious zap of passion is the purpose you’re in search of. Don’t let it escape or fizzle out. Follow it through.

The Major Benefits of Knowing Your “Why” 

(By Roberlan Borges Paresqui)

As a nail technician, you’re passionate about your craft. You love creating stunning nail designs and making your clients feel fabulous.

Knowing your “why” can have some major benefits that can enhance your career and personal life. 

1. Clarity in Your Life

Knowing your “why” provides clarity in your life. It gives you a sense of purpose and direction. When you have a clear understanding of why you do what you do, it becomes easier to make decisions and set goals. 

You know what you want to achieve and what steps you need to take to get there. Without clarity, you may find yourself feeling lost or unsure about the path you’re on. Knowing your “why” helps to bring focus and direction to your life.

2. Infuses You with Passion for Your Goals

Passion is what fuels us and keeps us motivated. When you know your “why,” you tap into that passion and use it to drive you towards your goals. 

It’s that deep-rooted love for nails and the joy you get from creating beautiful designs that keep you going, even when things get tough. 

Passion is contagious, and when your clients see how passionate you are about your work, it creates a positive and inspiring atmosphere.

3. Keeps You Focused on Your Goals

In the nail industry, it’s easy to get distracted by trends, new techniques, and shiny new products. But when you know your “why,” you stay focused on your goals. 

You’re able to filter out the noise and stay true to your purpose. This focus allows you to grow and improve as a nail technician, rather than getting caught up in every passing fad. It’s about staying true to yourself and your unique style.

4. Helps You Live Healthier and Longer

Believe it or not, knowing your “why” can actually improve your health and longevity. Research has shown that having a sense of purpose is linked to better physical and mental health. 

When you know your “why,” you have a reason to get up in the morning and take care of yourself. You’re more likely to make healthier choices and prioritize self-care. 

Plus, the fulfillment you get from pursuing your passion can reduce stress and increase overall happiness.

5. Develops Resilience

Resilience is a crucial trait in the nail industry. You’ll face challenges, setbacks, and even difficult clients. But when you know your “why,” you develop resilience. 

You’re able to bounce back from setbacks and use them as learning experiences. You understand that every challenge is an opportunity for growth and improvement. 

Resilience allows you to persevere, even when things get tough, and ultimately achieve greater success.

6. Allows You to Live a Life with Integrity

When you know your “why,” you live a life with integrity. You align your actions and decisions with your values and purpose. 

This authenticity shines through in your work and interactions with clients. You’re not just going through the motions; you’re genuinely passionate about what you do. Clients can sense this authenticity, and it builds trust and loyalty. 

Living a life with integrity brings a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

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Your purpose may be a job, a duty, or even a responsibility. If discovering what your “why” seems daunting, don’t fear. Overcome it by facing it head-on. It can be a little bit intimidating at first. It isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. 

Knowing your why is the thing that will make you push yourself. It is the thing that gets you up out of bed an hour early. It is the thing that gives you hope when you feel like giving up. 

You can’t put time on it. You can’t force yourself to find your “why” tomorrow or next month, or even next year. 

But by all means, search for clarity and move closer to the life you crave. Take your time with it. So now that you have overcome your fears with your reason “why”, what’s next? How do you stay consistent? 

Don’t worry because, in my next article, I’ll help share some of my top secrets on how I stay prepared and consistent all the time. Also, I’m going to give you a sneak peek of my first product! 

My closing thought: Find your passions. Discover your goals. Make your dreams a reality. Don’t ever stop, because the challenging, happy, wonderful journey that is life is bound to bring you happiness and meaning in the end. 

Let me know in the comments what were some of your fears and how you overcame them with your reason “why”. Share this on your Facebook Group or Reddit forum for all the sisters that need to hear this.

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I'm Lynda Le, a licensed nail technician with over 20 years of experience in the nail and beauty industry. Passionate about sharing my knowledge, I took up blogging in 2016 to connect with others who love beauty as much as I do. For the latest tips and insights, follow me on Twitter at @polishperfectt.

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