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What's Your "Why"?

September 25, 2016 | 0 comments

I am hosting a “30 Day Fitness Challenge – For Your Best Life” group on Facebook during the month of September.  The group includes a great bunch of women and men, many of whom are really engaged in sharing their successes and challenges, and we are encouraging each other to be active at least 30 minutes each day over the 30 day time period.  For one of my posts to the group, I did a Facebook Live chat about the importance of figuring out what your “why” is.  I believe that this question applies to any decision we make in life, whether is about improving our fitness, a career decision, making a purchase, or setting short or long term goals.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or saying or motivated by, it matters what is important to each of us as individuals.  A group like the fitness challenge can provide a good “push” to help us move toward our goals.  In order to more likely achieve long term success though, we also need to know what is “pulling” us.  Our “pull” consists of the reasons why we want to pursue a certain goal.  If we are sure of our “why”, then it will be much easier to stay focused when times become more challenging, or we start to go off track.

Since the beginning of August, I have been aiming to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day.  It doesn’t matter what I do, as long as I move my body.  In January, I started doing small group training with a wonderful group of ladies two days a week at the gym.  In order to stay on track the rest of the week, I also added in Beachbody workouts, which consist of a variety of 30 minute programs that I can do at home (I mainly do 21 Day Fix).  My “whys” for doing this include:

  • practicing what I encourage patients to do
  • the knowledge that this is something that is good for my health  
  • knowing I have really good about myself and my body when I have done this in the past
  • wanting to set a good example for my 3 kidlets, and
  • as a bonus, my husband has been doing this with me, which has been great way for us to motivate each other and spend time together after the kids are in bed.

It’s so easy to get sidetracked by all of the many things we have going on in our lives.  If there is something that you would really like to accomplish in your life, then it might be a good idea to sit down and think about “why” you want to make that change.  If you are successful, how would that feel?  What would you do differently?  How would you look?  Being clear on those answers will help you create a “pull” to get you where you want to go.  If you really want this, you will find a way to do it.  It doesn’t matter how quickly you get there or how you do it, just that you figure out what you want, and how to start moving towards it. 

So, what are you waiting for?

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