By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
It’s coming. It’s not here yet, but I know it’s coming. The era when kids start in with why. Why do I need to go to bed? So you can rest. Why do I need to rest? Because your body needs it. Why does my body need it? Because you need to recharge. Why do I need to recharge? Because that is how your body was designed. Why was my body designed that way? Because…because...because....
If you have ever hung out with a kid in the 3 to 6 year old range, you feel me on this one. I have no idea where the ultimate answer ends in your house, but our core answers were Target, Menards, or God. Now that Ethan is 12 and quickly approaching the “parents are dumb” age and Liam is 9 and moved on to the “how” stage, I reminisce with fondness on the why stage of yore. Circle back in a few months when Lucy has entered it, however, and see if I feel the same; I vaguely recall it being persistently relentless.
This got me thinking, though, as these simple kid lessons seem to do. (Seriously, kids are the best life coaches, if you just take a moment to listen.) This barrage of why until you narrow it down to the simplest form reminded me of a technique I had heard about. Heard about is the key, not actually tried. It took but a quick Google search to uncover it - the 7 Levels Deep Exercise by Dean Graziosi from his book Millionaire Success Habits. It did have me wondering which kid in his life tipped him off on this exercise; add asking him that question on my Big Life To-Do List.
Basically, this super simple but powerful exercise helps you discover your why behind a specific goal. Finding the why behind whatever you hope to accomplish is the ultimate in motivation. Knowing your why uncovers the real driving force behind what you want to accomplish. Having this knowledge helps you feel more purposeful in your journey. Feeling purposeful leads to feeling fulfilled which leads to feelings of positivity and joy which motivates you to continue moving towards that goal. Talk about a motivating cycle of awesome!
And, it centers around three little letters, one small word that linked together yields the power to unlock your limitless potential: W - H - Y.
You think I’m crazy, right? Blowing this out of proportion? I see you, Boo. That was exactly how I felt. I knew the importance of finding my why but I underestimated the power of this simple exercise. I kept thinking it was too simple to be that profound. Are you picking up the sarcasm that is dripping from that statement? I hope so.
Let me be real, DreamChaser. I literally tried this exercise 3 weeks ago when I got the idea for this blog. Three weeks ago. (We are all works in progress...never forget that!) I had heard of the activity but had never actually done the activity...I have no great excuse other than I probably thought I knew better. Here’s a promise to you, my dear DreamChasers...I will never recommend something to you that I don’t think is valid, worthwhile, or may serve you. And to know that means I need to try it! The universe added a little extra kick in the try it department when I noticed the second search result was a link to Jenna Kutcher’s blog (jennakutcherblog.com/7levelsdeep/), who I happen to adore as an entrepreneur, fellow Midwesterner, and Hawaii lover. Fine, universe, fine! I will try this “silly” 7 Levels Deep exercise...all in the name of research for the DreamChasers! (I was channeling my inner Avenger...I do have a flair for the dramatic, at least in my internal monologue.)
What did I find? It’s as good as promised, DreamChaser. Three little letters, one small word, linked together to unlock your potential: W - H - Y. I promise you this is a game changer and worth every second of your time. Check it out here → 7levelsdeep.com
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Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.