As a business owner, you know what you are selling, but do you know why? This may feel like an overwhelming question, and it’s OK if it does. But, I’m here to tell you from personal experience, it is SO worth asking. Getting clear on my “Why”, or purpose, is a game changer. It allows me to feel truly connected to what I do, attract my dream clients, and make more money. Read on to learn more about the powerful ‘Why’ behind my business, and the benefits of finding yours.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek
I believe we always have a choice, that there are so many possibilities at our fingertips, we just need to believe and jump for it. As a business coach, what I do is help entrepreneurs connect with themselves, their business and others differently, deeper and with better understanding so that they have the support needed to succeed. But why do I do this?
Growing up, my dad had a big impact on me. A brilliant, MacGyver of a man, he was limited by his beliefs and his past. He couldn’t get out of his own way. He was so angry at the world that he lost sight of his gifts and abilities and instead retreated into a life that was bitter and unfulfilled. As a child, I didn’t fully understand nor have the tools to help my dad, I just knew he needed help. In hindsight, I can see how important that experience is to my work as a business coach. I absolutely LOVE helping talented people pull their head out of the entrepreneurial black hole and stop sabotaging their success. It’s healing for me. It completes a circle and gives my life purpose.
When it comes to your ‘Why’ I’m a big believer in skeletons in the closet. Don’t let them scare you – take those suckers out and dance with them! While your ‘Why’ doesn’t have to be connected to a painful past, it’s often the things that make us uncomfortable that hold the key to our core and what drives us at the deepest level. Grab a shovel and start digging. You’ll be surprised at the shit that you find, trust me.
So, now that you’ve gotten your hands dirty, you may be thinking, what the hell Lynn! I need a manicure… a box of tissues… perhaps a glass of wine… and how exactly does connecting to my ‘Why’ benefit my business?
How My ‘Why’ Benefits My Business
First, It helps me connect on a deeper level with my ideal clients. Have you ever heard the saying that you attract what you put out? Being super clear on my ‘Why’ helps me attract others who connect with me and my business in a real way. They don’t need to be sold, because they already believe wholeheartedly in the value of me, and the product or service I provide is a tool for them. Working together is a breeze because we both instantly “get it”.
Second, We are NOT everyone’s cup of tea and everyone is not ours. My ‘Why’ protects me from clients that are not the right fit. I don’t waste time with naysayers and people who question the value of what I do and why I’m doing it. This saves me time, money, and precious sanity.
Third, my ‘Why’ helps me set clear goals for my business for the short and long term. Ask yourself, do your goals align with your ‘Why’? How about your vision and mission? It’s important to check in and see the forest and the trees, those handsome lumberjacks and that great flannel pattern they’re sporting this season… hey, just trying to help you visualize here.
Finally, having a powerful ‘Why’ behind my business gets me out of bed in the morning. As business owners, we all have those days when all we want to do is throw our electronic devices out the window and buy a one way ticket to Mongolia, or something along those lines. On difficult days the only thing that can save us is our ‘why’. While there are certainly challenges, my business is not my burden. It’s something that gives me purpose, and as a result, I make money.
If you love homework as much as I do, here are a few next steps to chew on. I challenge you to dig deeper into the ‘Why’ behind your business. Write it down and mull it over. Read it aloud to someone. Think about how you would use it at your next networking or speaking event.
If you haven’t already watched Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk on “Why”, I highly recommend that you watch it now.
Already have a ‘Why’? Share it with me in a message and how it’s helped your business.
Need help finding your ‘Why’? Connect with me.