Why Am I Doing This?

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What motivates you in any given situation? I remember years ago reading about how important it is to stop and ask yourself—why am I doing this? Is it a habit? Am I trying to make someone else happy? Do I need an ego boost? Am I attempting to prove that I’m right?  

Taking the time to stop and consider what your intentions are can help you make decisions that you can be proud of. When your motivation is real and pure, you never need to second-guess yourself. It’s like a guiding light helping you live with a clearer conscience to make your next best choice. And let’s face it—isn’t life filled with choices?

 I had the great fortune to see To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway last week, and a passage in the play really resonated with me: “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions…but before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”  

 Technique of the week: Before making a decision that you are unsure of, stop and ask yourself: “Why am I doing this?” When you get in the habit of being aware of what your motivations are, you can live more consciously and opt for choices that make you the best person you can be!


Linda Fears