Why are you here?

About finding your passion, setting goals and direction. 



Why are you here?

Imagine you are walking into a café and while you take a seat and you are just about to have a look at the menu, the first entry gets your attention: Why are you here? (inspired by John Strelecky The Why Are You Here Cafe).

Journey to meaning of life

So when I ask you now the same question “Why are you here?”, you would probably check first where you are at the moment. In the living room? At the train station? In the office? etc. But this is not the question, friend. I´m not asking you why you are at the place you are right now reading this article. I´m asking you why are you HERE? In this world. Why do you exist? Right now in this moment a lot of things are happening in your head. To answer this questions you have at least to be aware of three more questions:

  • Where do you come from?
  • Who are you right now?
  • How do your future look like?

As you can reflect just backwards, using the past and got your anker point in the present, you can live life just in one direction: forward! I have some more questions you should think about:

  • What is your background story?
  • What are your values in life?
  • Did you already find your purpose?
  • Do you have clear dreams for the future?
  • What is your plan to achieve these dreams?
  • Are you happy and satisfied?

All this questions can help you answer the question of all questions: Why are you here?

I´m affraid of people who never thought about this and probably will never do. It´s a kind of compass that will guide you through one of the toughest games we ever have to play: life. I know successful people who are doing amazing things, living a wonderful life and even are able to help others. They understood why they are here. They know about there strengths, have a roadmap for the future and can tell you exactly what their motivation consists of.


The Goal Towers

I would like to give you an example by a model I created and applied on myself. I call it the Goal Towers (GoTo).

So if you look at my three goal towers consisting of strenghen, roadmap and motivation, they support the attempt of reaching the goals above. By setting up the goals and filling the goal towers I had the chance to really analyze myself.

  • What do I really want to achieve?
  • What do I have to do to achieve it?
  • What are my known strengths?
  • What is my motivation to keep me following my goals?
  • Why are goals even important?

If you are not aware about your own goals, you will not be able to setup the direction. If you are not able to setup direction, you will never find out why you are here. And if you can´t solve this question you are lost in (life) space. Therefore I want to finish this article with one of my favorite quotes:

“Cat: Where are you going?

Alice: Which way should I go?

Cat: That depends on where you are going.

Alice: I don’t know.

Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland