Starting with the Why


I’ve been so busy the last few months that the question came up…

Why do I do all that I do?

I have this ambition of doing more and being more, for myself and for others. But why? The why is the motive. Understanding the motive behind one’s action should always be the starting point.

I’ve spent some time looking at the why and realized what I have thought: most successful people, movements and businesses focus on the why. The why is the background catalyst for a mission statement, the setting of goals and all that one hopes to achieve. Inspirational leaders get this and I want to get it too. Author Simon Simek presented it best in his 2009 book “Start With Why.” He shares this truth by pointing it out in the following examples…

The Wright Brothers wanted to see a man fly. They thought it was possible and it didn’t matter how they did it. At the end of the day, they were not out to invent the plane but to make the though of aerial transportation a reality.

Martin Luther King had a dream that all men would be treated equally. He built a social movement before social media was ever a thought. In a time before cell phones, Facebook or twitter, he gathered people for an icon march in Washington simply because there was a compelling why to his dream.

Apple envisioned through the leadership of Steve Jobs easy-to-use computers and other electronic devices that would make life easier. At the end of the day, they didn’t create the MP3 player but the an iconic product like the IPod; they didn’t create the tablet but the IPad. As a business, Apple has been more successful because their mission has resonated with the need for easy-to-use products.

I have recently applied this approach when preparing for a sales training; focusing on the why of our business, the why of our strategies and the why for each of the employees I was coaching. It has been interesting to see them understand and feel the soul of our business in a way that makes them productive. Furthermore, in getting to know each employee, I’ve been able to connect the why of our business to the why of their hard work, their dreams and ambitions.


Why do I do all that I do every day? To learn new skills and develop my understand of the business world. To provide for my family. To be a better husband and a better father. To be a good friend. To motivate and inspire other to reach their full potential.

Why do YOU do what you do?

Each breath

I like to think each breath is an opportunity for a new beginning. Every morning I take note of this reality by incorporating thanks in my daily prayers for each breath I breathe. Starting something new can be exciting. The adrenaline to step out and doing it can be exhilarating!

So what are you starting?

Another day is here!
It’s the first day of school!
First day of college!
Starting a new job!
Waking up for the first time in your new home!
First day as husband and wife!
First day as parents!
The first mile of a marathon!
Opening the doors of your new venture!
The first step to…(fill in)

(the exclamation marks are intended – you should be excited!)

How do you make it worthwhile, and how do you keep pressing on towards that goal (Philippians 3-14)? It’s really about re-finding that first love. That feeling you had when you first found the truth (Revelation 2-4).

This can apply to other parts of your life. When you first started a job. When you first met. When you first set that goal. There is excitement in each new beginning. The secret to success is to replicate that energy every single day.

Let each breath encourage you to start something new. Let each breath remind you of why you started it. Let each breath continuously motivate you to press on and reach what you aimed to achieve. If you are breathing, the fight is still on and the race continues. Nothing can stop you. Feel the adrenaline with each breath – you are alive!

Selling Motivation II

It’s a new day and whatever it is you are doing today, the sense of selling and motivation go hand in hand (see my earlier post). Whether you are starting something new or following a preset plan, how you approach it can make a difference. That is why selling is so important.

The word “selling” is so many times viewed incorrectly because of the association of lies. The reality is that true selling should be no more than a sense of intrinsic desire to share, to offer what is good. But what is good for one party is not always good for another, and the financial associations of the word have led to the lies built up over generations which give it a bad connotation. However, when done right it has huge potential for positive outcome. What “selling” ads is the passion and desire that so many of us lack when reaching for our dreams. An excitement that propels you to do whatever it takes to be successful. Folks that work in sales know this. You long for the next call; to meet the next prospect. We need to use this transferable energy to other parts of our lives.

I see this through my work, but also through the relationships I have created. What are you trying to sell and is it good? If so, I’ll jump on it – that product, that idea, that movement. The reason why someone will buy the widget or follow that leader is mostly about inspiration and less about value. But if you link both, the results are amazing. Still, the real power is in the energy you have when approaching each step towards reaching your goals.

Take today as an opportunity to show that passion. Believe in yourself and believe in your skills. You can do this.

Welcome to 2M8!

Welcome to 2Motive8! A new blog that was fueled by my desire to motivate and encourage others to achieve their full life potential. The creation of 2Motive8 is about doing what I’ve encouraged others to do: take action towards achieving your goals. My goal is that I can use this blog as a platform to showcase this gift to passionately communicate encouragement to others, and start a movement that links encouragement in our families and communities.

Why 2M8?
In my quest for meaning I thought about the true sense of motivation and how it has impacted me. I’ve always recognized potential in family and friends, and my life has provided many opportunities to showcase this amazing gift of encouragement in its simple and most powerful form. You see, true encouragement is fueled by something greater, even more powerful: LOVE. This simple ingredient can be both realistic and insane, but it’s the most pure form of belief that can change the world. Jesus talked about it and most importantly personified it. May we use love as an ingredient to help us connect with ourselves and others.

The number 2 is symbolic to the one who writes and the one who reads it; the one who reads it and the one who shares it; the one who reaches their goals and sees someone who wants to achieve theirs. The number 2 is about the relationship. It’s about sharing the love; sharing the motivation.

The word motive comes from the goals we all want to achieve. The Merrier-Webster dictionary describes motive as

something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act.

This is the call to action.

The number 8 is a reference to the number of steps I’ve identified in the need to achieve goals. I thought about these as I’ve related to people and the below have been common steps in my motivational interactions:
1. Be You!
2. Unveil your real potential from within.
3. Connecting with others.
4. Set a vision.
5. Raise awareness.
6. Be disciplined.
7. Have the right attitude.
8. Take action!

Additionally, I will post on 8 categories of motivation:

Motivating Good Thoughts – #MotivatingGoodThoughts
Motivating Meaningful Work – #MotivatingMeaningfulWork
Motivating Strong Communities – #MotivatingStrongCommunities
Motivating Joyful Families – #MotivatingJoyfulFamilies
Motivating Healthy Living – #MotivatingHealthyLiving
Motivating Inspirational Moments – #MotivatingInspirationalMoments
Motivating Soundtrack – #MotivatingSoundtrack
Motivating Leadership – #MotivatingLeadership

May this be inspirational as I share from within… I hope you do the same!