WHY do you work out?
Common responses include:
- To get fit
- To lose weight
- To get stronger
- To look better
Those are goals and they are great to have, but they will not keep you going once it starts getting difficult. A goal is a wish or something you want to accomplish, but will simply move on if you do not.
Your why is much deeper.
Your why gets you up at 5am to train. Your why makes you reach for spinach rather than a cookie. Your why forces you to become an upgraded version of yourself.
Your ‘why’ affects every aspect of your life – how you think, act, talk, train, and much more.
Your why is specific.
If uncovering your "Why" presents a challenge, ask yourself these questions:
- What excites me? Losing ten pounds is great but seldom as exciting as finishing a half marathon, not passing out during that hike in Columbia, or the empowering experience of lifting a weight you once believed immovable.
- Can I define it? Whys are specific. If your goal is to lose ten pounds, what does that meant to you? How would that make you feel? The answer to THAT is what you truly desire.
- How do I want to measure my life? If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything - the latest workout, the latest diet, or the latest piece of workout equipment (people actually bought shake weights). Discovering your why will keep you focused, determined, and more likely to succeed. Adding to that, defining your why will allow you to tackle challenges that you never even considered previously.
- Who am I doing this for? If you are trying to lose ten pounds to impress the girl at the café, good luck. The likelihood of that being a powerful motivator is slim to none. However, if you want to drop ten pounds to be around for your family longer, now that’s powerful.
What we need to reveal are powerful reasons for doing what you do. For some, losing that ten pounds means they will be able to play with their children, be around for grandchildren, or have the confidence to go out and find a partner. The ten pounds is not as significant as the feeling gained from losing them. Rarely is what we want as satisfying as the path that lead there.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche