Not meeting your health goals? You forgot this.
“You know what? I’m good, I don’t think I’m going to change a thing…I’ll just let nature take its course.”
Would you agree? It’s human nature to want to improve your body and health, whether you do it is a whole other story. It’s the desire that’s universal. This is where your “WHY?” comes into play.
Why do you want to make a change? Is it so that you can:
- Fit comfortably into your clothes?
- Walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing?
- Lower your cholesterol or blood pressure?
- Have your knees stop hurting from the extra weight?
- Live long enough to see your grandchildren get married?
Whatever it is…that’s your “WHY?”. My “WHY?” is to have a strong and healthy heart. That’s why I don’t eat a doughnut for breakfast everyday—even though I love doughnuts! My “WHY?” is so strong that it is part of me, driving all of my lifestyle choices. It doesn’t restrict me from eating doughnuts; it just puts my priorities into perspective. If I have a true craving for a doughnut, I’ll eat one—but that only happens once in a great while.
Close your eyes and paint a picture of your “WHY?” in your head. This should be you at your best—whatever that looks like to you, envision it in your mind. What exactly are you doing? What are you wearing? Who is with you? Where are you? This picture has to be so strong and vivid—just like a painting on the art museum wall. When you are tempted to skip your workout, this is the picture that should immediately pop up in your head.
Can you see the picture clearly? If so, take out a blank piece of paper and describe that picture and your “WHY?”. If it isn’t clear yet, take some time to really think about what is most important to you. Don’t rush it. This involves some serious soul-searching!
Nothing frustrates me more than when I hear someone say they have no willpower. Or that they are “too busy” to exercise. Bologna! Get out of your own head! Willpower is hogwash—you don’t need willpower, you need clarity of your “WHY?”. Lack of time is even double hogwash—if your “WHY?” is crystal clear and as vivid as the Mona Lisa, you will make the time.
The bottom line: Your “WHY?” is real my friends. When it comes to your most precious asset, if you want to win at the game of Health Monopoly, you simply can’t pass “GO” without your “WHY?” in place.