You want to be a part of a greater cause. You want to make a difference in the lives of others. You love to support others and relish the success of greater good. You seek to add value in everything that you do. You are often referred to as the go-to person.
Sounds like you, doesn’t it?
This short video details the characteristics of your WHY, the challenges that
come with your WHY, and the solutions to those challenges.
You want o to be apart of a greater cause, part of something bigger than yourself. You don't necessarily want to be the cause but you want to contribute to it in a meaningful way. You love to support others and relish the success of the greater good or the victory of the team. You are often behind-the-scenes looking for ways to make the world better. You are go to people, the ones you look for when you need help with just about anything. You make a reliable and committed teammate and you often act as the glue who holds everyone else together. You use your time, money, energy, resources and connection to add value to other people and organizations.
The challenge with this WHY is the tendency to over commit. Because you want to contribute and make a difference, you end up saying “yes” to request after request. Friends may tell you that you should learn to “just say no.” What they don’t understand is that “saying no” goes against everything you believe. To you, contributing equals success. Therefore, the words “just say no” fall on deaf ears, or worse simply make you feel bad. You may often find yourself giving in so many areas that you feel overwhelmed and can’t get to the things you want to accomplish for yourself.
The key to overcoming this challenge is for you to identify and recognize where you make the greatest possible contributions—and focus your efforts on those areas. In other words, every time you are faced with the opportunity to contribute, ask yourself the question: “If I agree to this, will it enable me to make the maximum contribution that I possibly can? Or is this a situation that is going to take from me and not allow me to give my best somewhere else?” By learning to distinguish between the many opportunities to give that will constantly present themselves, especially given your WHY, you will build the muscle that keeps you focused on living your WHY to the fullest.
You will shy away from areas in which you can only play “small” and gravitate toward those in which you play allout. Your life will expand and become even more rich and fulfilling.
If you have the WHY of Contribute, you do really well where you are valued for being a great friend and companion. You are typically very supportive and easy to be with as you use your time, money, energy and connections to help others do better. This means that you enjoy spending time with friends and your significant other - often doing almost anything - as long as it makes them happy and feel good. You get along well with all the other WHYs as you are good at making other people feel comfortable and special. One of the best combinations you can have for a significant other is when you are matched with the WHY of Trust. They want your trust and you want to support them so you make sure you are trustworthy – it is a great fit!
You are the glue that holds the Team together. You do the things that need to get done and you are always looking for ways to help and move the Team forward. Teams love to have you on their side because they know that you are not about you – you are about Team and what makes everyone happy. You are someone that does whatever is needed whether that is to pick up a broom and sweep the floor or sit down and have a deep, emotional conversation with a coworker. Results are important to you but more important is being a part of the cause and moving the needle forward. You believe that if you can help others do better then the Team will do better and that is how you cause the ripple effect to multiply your impact. That is your way of adding value to any situation you are in and people love your help.
As a parent – you form strong relationships with your kids – especially when they are young and love being with you. You make them feel good, support them when they need it and are comforting for them when they are hurt. You are the compassionate parent that all their friends like as well as they know you will find ways to make things fun and easy. Challenges may come when your child gets older and has their own opinion or becomes rebellious. Being the “nice” parent can sometimes see the rebellious teenager walk all over the parent as they try to support them and be there for them.
Contribute people are wonderful to have on your Team – in fact you have to them on the Team to get anything done. You are the ones that volunteer to do things that move the needle forward. You want to do your part, relish the greater good and do whatever it takes to make it work. You can be counted on to raise your hand to say you will help – even if you already have too much on your plate. Saying “NO” isn’t in your vocabulary so you say “YES” even if it is to your detriment. Sometimes you even need someone to step in and say no for you! Your career choices are endless as you can fit anywhere however you will want to make sure that what you choose will allow you to make a difference and have an impact. You enjoy getting “Thank You” so picking something where you have interactions with people that you can help is crucial. You would do well as a Doctor, Lawyer, Financial Planner, Teacher, support Team, Camp Leader, Counselor, Psychologist, Coach, and Trainer. Often times you feel you should be in the background helping others succeed but when you are put in a leadership position – you will do extremely well. So CEO of a company making a difference in the world would be a great spot for you!
How To Move Forward Faster
The more you get to learn about yourself-the more you get to learn about others.
Knowing your WHY is critical 1st step to knowing yourself…
But just as important is your HOW and your WHAT. Knowing your WHY is the first step. Clarity, certainty, and direction come when you know all three. By knowing your WHY-HOW-WHAT formula you are able to get clear, stand out and MOVE FORWARD FASTER!
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Phrases a Contribute would say:
How can I help?
How can I be part of it?
What do you need me to do?
How can I have a bigger impact?
Lets do this together.
I want to be part of the Team.
This was a Team effort.
I don’t have to be the focus.
I just did my part.
Famous People with your WHY include:
“A life not lived for others is not a life.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
W. Clement Stone
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”
“Little hinges swing big doors.”
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right-for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”