What even is a bottom line, and do you need to know what yours is? The answer, simply put, is yes. It can be a feeling, it can be one word, and it can be about anything. You’ve probably used the phrase before when making a purchase. But it applies to your personal growth and development as well. When you are struggling, when you are happy, when you need to figure out what it is that you are truly after… You need to ask this one question to find your bottom line. Lucky for us, it’s a pretty simple one.
This is one of my favorite tactics that I use to help myself stay on track on when I find I am veering off course. When I am faced with a situation that I know doesn’t align with my goals but I am tempted to partake in it, I ask myself this: Why? That’s it. That’s all you need to ask. The trick though, is to keep asking yourself why. Skimming the surface with the first answer you come to is not enough. The surface is the first layer and is likely superficial. We are searching for that deeper root.
That first superficial layer is probably something like, if I go get fast food then I probably wont lose any weight this week. Then I will be embarrassed because I told my friends and family that I was eating well and working on losing weight. This is a great place to start, but I want more here. I want the deeper reason. I want your why. Basically we are an annoying six year old that never stops asking, ‘why’?
After you answer your first why, why will I be embarrassed, ask why again. Why will I be embarrassed? If you announce your health journey several times and yet are continuing to not lose weight, perhaps that is the source of your embarrassment. And why are you embarrassed about that? Likely because you feel judged by others for not sticking to your commitment. Why would you feel judged or even worry about being judged at all? Is there a lack of confidence in yourself? If so, why is there a lack of confidence? The lack of confidence comes from consistently breaking promises to yourself. Boom. There’s your bottom line.
At the end of it you may not even have an actual sentence to put to your why. It may be a feeling as stated before. You don’t necessarily need to have words to put to your bottom line. If you can identify what feeling it is that causes the cognitive dissonance, that will serve the purpose as well. Do you see how we got there? We asked this one question to find your bottom line. If you don’t get to the root of the issue, you will never know how to ultimately fix it. Trust in the fact that you will know when you hit your bottom line. You will feel it.
My challenge to you is to try this. Big or little, this helps in any area you are trying to work on. Let me know how it goes in the comments, or shoot me an email!