A great question isn't it? And since I first heard it, I have been thinking about the kind of answers you and I might give. A great answer would be to live the dream that you had since you were a child, and now you are bring it to reality. That desire in your heart that still, today, tugs on a string as you remember how much you longed to be doing it.
Sadly, sometimes it does not quite work out like that. You might never have had a driving desire as a child, or maybe something prevented you from making it happen, or you may have had to give it up for some reason. I know a young man who longed to be an airline pilot, and the first chance he got, he trained and flew airbuses commercially for ten years until he was grounded by ill-health. I had always wanted to be a doctor, but was not able to achieve the marks necessary to be accepted into medical school. Even today, I carry a sadness that I could not do what I longed to do and in the process make a difference in people's lives.
I often meet people who have no idea what they want to do, or have not been able to 'make it happen' for themselves and I like to encourage them to take responsibility for seeking out that 'fire in the belly', that hidden desire or dream that will have them getting up on Monday morning and living the life that they were created for.
For myself personally, I had to dig a bit deeper to find out what I wanted to achieve as a doctor, and create new outlets for those dreams. My love of all things medical has always stayed with me and I love learning about diseases, treatments and ground-breaking discoveries that affect the human body. I have always marvelled at the way we are created, and how amazing our body is at healing itself. This has prompted me to understand the effect of healthy eating, gourmet food, and supplementation to maintain, and improve health.
I am a problem solver and I love to come up with solutions. That can work well in medicine, and in so many different areas of life. It is the ability to believe there is an answer out there, and I long to find it. I have discovered over the years that people don't always want someone else solving their problems, and the right solution for me is not necessarily the right solution for you. I have also discovered that I can help people as a business coach by encouraging them to find their own solutions, and I am always amazed at how often people come up with a solution I had not imagined.
And most important to me is my desire to make a positive difference in other people's lives through the use of my strengths and abilities. That can be achieved through medicine, and also through coaching; listening; encouraging others; donating time, money and knowledge to projects that I consider important; and by living my life in the best way I can.
So what about you? Are you living your dream? Or waiting for it to happen? Or even trying to figure out what your dream is? Do you bounce out of bed on Monday morning? Or do you wonder why you bother?
Have a wonder-filled day.