The next few posts will take a deeper dive into the “Basics” that we outlined last week.
This article is meant to help explain why finding YOUR why is so important. I think this is the single most important aspect that will keep you motivated in life. This can be placed into any part of your life, not just fitness or finance, and I hope that this helps you achieve more than just your health and fitness goals.
The simple way to find your why is to go back to when you were 3 years old and were overly curious about EVRYTHING. It also may help to find a friend that has a young child that will probe what the true meaning of your objectives are. Children these age are always asking the question “Why”. They will even make it uncomfortable at times and their parents will scold them for this. This uncomfortable feeling is where you will get to the root of your “Why”.
For example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Why do you want to lose weight? Most people answer to look better. Very reasonable response to this question and most people will just stop here. This is a great goal but it is fairly superficial. You need to dig a little deeper to find the true why that will keep you motivated to continue your journey when things get tough. A “Why” like this will quickly lose steam at the first bump in the road.
Next ask yourself why you want to look better? Maybe it’s that you want to fit into your “Skinny jeans”, maybe it’s that you want to get rid of your love handles or spare tire that you have gained over the past few years. But now we have to continue to dig deeper. What is the reason you want to rid yourself of these things? What do these things signify? Excess body fat typically means that you are unhealthy or seem unhealthy, maybe you feel that if you lost weight, looked better and fit into those jeans that you would be healthier. Health might equal happiness to you, it may mean an increase in life expectancy, it may mean that you will feel more confident.
These are all deeper reasons that will continue to keep you motivated. I find that some on the best whys are personal to just that person. A better “WHY” would be to live longer, keep up with you kids or increase your happiness. These are all things that are much deeper than just saying, lose weight or feel better. The stronger and deeper that why resonates with you, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Your next step, is to write down your why and think deeper. Continue to ask why until you feel that you have reached the limit of digging into a reason that will continue to motivate you for years and decades to come. Again, I hope you use this advice on all aspects of your life and not just to continue to improve your health and fitness.
Ian is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and all around active person. Comment below to ask questions, give feedback or interact with him!