Welcome back to the Mastermind Effect! I Am Shawn Douglass from The Growth Lab and I am hijacking this solo show to talk about Passion and Purpose, and Forgetting About the How.
As a coach, mentor, and trainer, one of the things that I do is help my people get connected to their purpose and lean into what it is they want to get out of life. I find over and over again that they come to me with this idea of “I don’t know how.” I’ve heard it a million times. What I encourage people to do is you don’t need to know how to do what you want to do. The first thing you need to do is figure out the who, what, when, where, and why.
Somebody comes to me with an idea, and they say, “Shawn, I really want to do this. This is where I want to go with my business.” And they go, “I don’t know how, so I can’t do it.” I started to ask these basic questions: Who is it that you serve in? What exactly is it that you’re going to offer? Where are you going to offer this? When are you going to offer it? Why are you going to offer this? Why should people work with you? Why is it that you want to do this thing? But they’re not dialed in, and they don’t have clarity.
I found that the “how” doesn’t matter until you are absolutely crystal clear on the five W’s. Who cares how you’re going to do it if you don’t know who you’re going to serve? Who cares how you’re going to do it if you don’t know what the product looks like? Who cares how to do it if you don’t know when you want to do it? And then there’s the where and the why. When we get caught up in the “how,” we lose the power behind those five questions. There’s so much power in asking ourselves questions. If we’re willing to lean into those and get crystal clear, it’s only natural that the “how” is going to reveal itself.
I work with a client, and we get crystal clear on who they want to serve, what they want to offer, and where they’re going to do this. Is it online? Is it in person or zoom? Where are we doing this thing? Then we talk about the “when.” We get it on the calendar, and we schedule it. Then we talk about the “why”. I guarantee you if you get crystal clear and connected on those five questions, step number one of the “how” is going to be so obvious. You may not get the full picture of the “how.” You may not know steps one through 25. You may not know exactly how you’re going to do it. But I guarantee you that if you get crystal clear on those first five questions, step one of the “how” will be very clear for you.
What do we do when we know step one of the “how” but don’t understand what’s coming next? In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what step two is until you’ve taken step one. We get caught up in this idea of “I need to know exactly how I will get there.” I like to think that the universe says, “I’ve trusted you with this vision. I’ve given you this purpose. I’ve given you this idea, but you’re not willing to take step one. Why on earth what I show you step two.” When we learn that how we lean into step one, step two will be there. We need to stop getting caught up in “I don’t know how, I don’t see the full picture, and I don’t know all 25 steps that I have to take to get to the goal.” Trust the process. If you know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, you’re who, what, when, where, and why, and step one of the how has presented itself, why on earth have you not taken step one. I encourage you to take the step that is before you. It is so hard to get outside of ourselves to lean into that fear. We know that growth happens outside of that comfort zone. We know that when we take that step out of that comfort zone, that’s where growth occurs. You have an idea. You have something you want to accomplish, you’ve sat down, and you’ve thought through all five of those questions; it’s time to take action.
Maybe you’re at the point where you’re still trying to figure out the who, what, when, where, and why, and you’re not quite sure. I want to invite you to take time and go to www.thegrowthlab.fun/mastermind. Take 45 minutes and lean into this lesson on passion and purpose. When you are fully connected to your purpose, you know why you’re here and what it is that you need to accomplish in this life; everything else falls into place. Of those five W questions, if you can dial into the “who” and the “why,” that’s where you’re going to find your power. That’s where you’re going to find your inspiration. That’s where you’re going to find the motivation to make the changes you need to make to accomplish the things you want to accomplish in your life.
Growth is exciting but can be scary. If you’re an avid listener here, if you come back often and lean into these shows with Brandon, you know that growing together in a mastermind provides exponential growth. We can grow alone but growth can be lonely. You don’t have to do it alone. One of the great things about a mastermind is you get to grow with other people who are on a similar journey.
I invite you to visit www.thegrowthlab.fun/mastermind . Download that lesson. Watch it, and then connect with me. You can find me on social media, Shawn Douglass. Let’s connect and talk; maybe I can help you lean into those five questions and get you closer to the “how.” Thank you so much for listening. Thank you for being a part of the Mastermind Effect family. We know that growth happens exponentially when we grow together.
“The How doesn’t matter until you are absolutely crystal clear on the 5 W’s. Who cares how you’re gonna do it if you don’t know who you’re gonna serve.” – Shawn Douglass
“When we get caught up in the How, we lose the power behind the 5 W’s.” – Shawn Douglass
“We know that when we take that first step outside of that comfort zone, that’s where growth occurs.” – Shawn Douglass
“I believe that when you are fully connected to your purpose, you know why you’re here, what it is you need to accomplish in this life, everything just falls into place.” – Shawn Douglass
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