20 whats…

The sun sets on another day…

Today I was listening to someone and heard the concept “The 20 what’s to find your why.” (See it here)

these include the following:

  • What amount of money do you want to make?
  • What places would you like to visit in the world?
  • What type of job would you like to do each day?
  • What would your perfect day look like in terms of how you spent your time and what you were doing?
  • What are the characteristics of your perfect spouse?
  • What do you want to look like?
  • What do you want to give back to the world?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are the things you believe in most?
  • What people can help you get to where you want to go?
  • What are the things you would like to have?
  • What are the most exciting things you’d like to try?
  • What events would you like to go to?
  • What type of house do you want to have?
  • What people would you like to meet?
  • What amount of money do you want to have at retirement?
  • What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  • What things would have to happen in order to accomplish that huge dream?
  • What do you want people to think of when they think of you?
  • What people do you want to spend most of your time with?

As I read through the list I was amazed at how many of these items I define each day, and some of them I find completely unimportant. For example, “what amount of money do you want to make?” is relatively nebulous and does not define you as an individual. Instead it defines you socially or gives you access to things, so is it important? Depends on you. I would say the bigger question’s should always be around who you want to be, and what you want to do in life that is not “for money”. Of course, this is my opinion and perhaps some people define themselves based upon money, or stuff. I suppose we should all ask ourselves which of these questions are important to us, and define ourselves accordingly.

I have a friend that defines life one day at a time, he and his wife are best friends and examples to us all. Through good and bad, they weather the storm and love each other, trust each other, and live every day the best they can. Truly, isn’t that an inspiration to us all? As we consider who we are with in life, do they define us or do we define each other. My friends would give anything for each other, it is not one sided. They have gone through the wringer, and come out dry. In my opinion, if I were them the question “What do I want to be known for?” is easy, for showing the world how love should be.

I would add one more, “What have you done today to define who you are?” It revolves around us, around that special moment or set of moments that can determine our lives. Did you find passion, help someone, help yourself? Lie? Tell the truth? Leave a legacy? What did you do TODAY that makes you a better person? In the end it will not be as you think (in my opinion).

So, for now, live life, dream of passion, reach for the moon, and the stars beyond will be in your grasp…


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