I have a problem. I forget a lot and I don’t notice things that are obvious. The other day I was dropping off my son at day care and later that evening my wife said, “Was the sign in table still there?” I had no idea what she was talking about so I said no. Later she asked my son about it and he said yes. He sees a lot more than I do.

I think a lot of us go through our day and our lives not seeing many things that are right in front of us and that’s probably fine. There’s a lot going on out there and it’s just not possible to stay aware of everything. But there are things that I believe we need to keep putting right in front of us intentionally so that we see them consistently. One of those things is the question of “why.”

Why does the “why” matter? Why does it matter? Right now I’m working on getting this blog going and honestly it it hard. It’s really hard to be consistent with writing. It’s really hard to get up early and learn about websites and wordpress and the other hundred things out there that I still need to learn. And what I am learning is that if I keep my “why” in front of me it helps. It helps to remind myself that I could potentially help others out there in the world become better leaders that can make a positive impact on other people. That’s my why for doing this blog.

I have other “why’s.” Like my why for working out. I tell myself that I want to have the energy to play with my son and daughter and that I want to be able to play with my grandchildren one day. This morning I plan on taking my son out for breakfast, just the two of us. My “why” for that is that I want to have a relationship with him when he no longer lives with me. I want him to be comfortable calling me when he’s out on his own. I want him to feel connected with me one day when he’s out on his own.

There is so much power in “why.”

More to come.