by Coach Tommy
I hope you and your family are safe from last night’s tropical storm.
The focus for this week’s discussion is motivation.
More often than not, people will find reasons to not do something when they are not motivated.
How many times have you told yourself, “I just don’t have enough time?”
I know I do!
The reality is that we all have plenty of time for things that we want to prioritize in our life.
So let’s make your fitness, health, and overall wellness a priority.
The first step is to dig deep and find a reason why your health matters and where you can find fulfillment in taking care of your health.
This goes back to developing those intrinsic motivations for wanting to take care of yourself.
Do you have an activity that you can just get completely lost in, lose track of time, and would do it for free?
That is what we want to replicate with our exercise routine.
Many motivational speakers refer to this as finding your “why.” Simon Sinek is probably the most famous for his Ted Talk “Start with Why” branding.
Why start with why?
There is an emotional attachment that is created when we find a purpose for doing something. Whether that is work, a hobby, or a fitness routine, having a purpose for doing something driven by an intrinsic motivation like fulfillment or passion will ultimately drive you towards success.
Here is how to find your “why.”
At a fundamental level, ask yourself, “why do I want to be strong and healthy?”
You may say something like, “to lose weight and feel good?”
Then ask yourself again, “why is losing weight and feeling good important to you?”
You may say, “because my doctor told me that I need to prevent future risk of disease.”
Then ask yourself again, “why is it important to not have disease in your life?”
You may say, “because I have a family that relies on me.”
Finally, ask yourself, “why is your family important to you?”
Your final answer is your true “why” for wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. This is your intrinsic motivation.
Even better, all of the surface-level stuff will still come. In fact, you are more likely to achieve your weight loss, feeling good, and doctor being excited about your health by focusing more on that deep “why” for wanting to be healthy.
Focus on that final “why” when you are going through the tough days of not wanting to do anything. We all have those days, and we fall back on the habit of showing up every day regardless to help us move forward…even if it’s just a tiny step.
This is the starting point, but it isn’t the only step.
Having a strong “why” is similar to a desire. But desire with no action will get you nowhere.
Tomorrow, we will delve into a few tips on creating sustainable action so that we can supercharge your “why” and get you on the right track.
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