In June I discovered the importance of starting with Why and was able to vocalise my personal Why as:
"To help and inspire others to become a better version of themselves."
Now that I have been living that Why for the past few months and having read Find Your Why I am able to elaborate on that core guiding principle. Over the past week I have been using many of the ideas contained in Simon Sinek's books to complete my golden circle and vocalise my Hows and my Whats.
It is important to note that this is an evolving entity. While individuals can only ever have one unchanging Why, the Hows may change a little over time as I learn new skills and the Whats documented here are quite different from those I would have written had I gone through this process 2 years ago and I'm sure will be added to significantly over my career.
You might look at this and think "What's the point?". From personal experience I can attest to the fact that by understanding my Why and my Hows I am much better equipped to both face new challenges and approach new opportunities. My Hows guide me on how to attack a given problem. And if a new opportunity comes up that may be interesting but wont allow me to apply any of my guiding principles then it is far easier for me to decline that opportunity knowing I am doing the right thing. This morning I heard a quote from David Allen that can be nicely applied to the concept of the golden circle:
"This (idea) champions appropriate engagement with the world, guiding you on what to do in any given moment and eliminating stress and distraction from what you are not doing."
Dr Chris Harper