For Christmas, my family bought me a new pair of Nike Metcons. I was so excited when I opened them up because I really needed a new pair of shoes for CrossFit. I was immediately drawn to the colors on the shoes and loved them because they were so “me”. After further examination, I saw that the shoes were personalized with my kid’s birthdays. Wow! My eyes started to fill with tears. It might seem silly to get emotional over a pair of shoes, but when I saw their birthdays the shoes represented so much more…they represented my “why”.
Making lifestyle changes, counting macros, waking up at 5:15 am and going to the gym everyday takes commitment and willpower. There are times I am tired, sore or mentally exhausted and want to give up. However, I know my “why” and it comes deep from within and drives and motivates me everyday. My motivation is my family and I am reminded of it every time I put these shoes on.
A friend once told me, “If you don’t know your why, your try will suck.” Such a simple, yet true statement. I encourage you to dig deep and find your “why”. Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to compete in a competition? Why do you workout? Why do you want to make lifestyle changes? When you’ve identified your “why”, write it down and put it on your refrigerator or create a screen saver on your phone that will remind you of it. If there is a time you are lacking motivation or are about to make a choice that goes against your goals, ask yourself…if I make this choice, am I ok with not making my “why” a priority?
What’s Your Why?
If you haven’t sat down and identified your “why”, I encourage you to set aside some time to really think about it. The first time you ask yourself “what is my why”, you might come back with an answer, but there might be deeper layers to it. Continue to ask over and over again until you find the motivation that is deep within.
I would love to hear your “why”! You can tell me in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.