In my last blog post I talked about the importance of having a why.
But how do you work out what your why is?
Could it be losing weight for a summer holiday? Yes perhaps. But more often than not it’s actually a lot deeper than that.
It’s the bigger life issues. The stuff that really matters.
Stuff like this . . . .
"I lack self confidence. I am overweight and unfit. I find going to the gym difficult and sometimes intimidating. I want to feel better about myself and my body."
"I used to love surfing. Since hurting my back I have stopped exercising. I’ve lost my identity. I want the freedom to do the things that I love again."
"My Dad died of type 2 diabetes. My doctor has told me that I am at risk. I have two children and I don’t want to die. I want to live!"
"I am overweight. Since having children I have struggled to lose weight. I want to change my lifestyle and become healthier. I want to set a better example for my family."
"I'm a runner. But I can't run anymore. I have had to give up running because of back and hip pain. It's so frustrating!"
Real people. Real issues. Genuine and powerful why motivation.
Losing some weight for your summer holiday is okay for a short term goal. We all want to look good on the beach.
But will it keep you motivated 6 months down the line? I doubt it.
The truth is that changing your lifestyle can be quite tricky. Temptation is everywhere. And life has a habit of throwing you off track.
A powerful why (like the ones listed above) will help you to keep going. And it will help you to get back up when you fall down.
Because trust me, you will fall down! Everyone does.
My advice . . . .
Think long term and centre your efforts on your why.
If you are wondering which one is my why it’s the second one on the list. Chronic back pain was my life!
I’ll be sharing more about my back pain story and how it has impacted my life next time. In a weird way. It was actually the best thing that ever happened to me!
I’ll also tell you the secret of how I healed my back pain.
Check in again soon.
James ‘bigger life issues’ Gorman