Happy Motivation Monday!
Have you ever heard of the concept of finding your ‘why?’ Regardless of your goal, it’s important to have a truly deep-seated reason for accomplishing that goal. Finding this ‘why’ often requires some thought, self-reflection, and soul-searching … the real ‘why’ is often not something on the surface level. This Forbes article says, “knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).”
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My Health Coaching clients come to me for a variety of reasons. Most say they “just want to get healthy” … because they know they “should,” because they’re getting a bit older, or because they’ve gained a bit of weight. But part of my job as a Health Coach is to dig a bit deeper and find their true motivation for wanting to improve their health. For a woman who says she’s getting a bit older, it might be that her husband’s health is faltering, her kids are now on their own, her best friend passed away unexpectedly, and this all leaves her feeling like she’s headed for a rapid decline if she doesn’t change something quickly. For another client who says she’s gained a bit of weight, her ‘why’ might be that she hasn’t dated in 3 years and doesn’t feel good enough about herself to reflect a positive outward image to potential partners. Do you see how your true ‘why’ is just a bit deeper than your initial reaction?
Today, whatever your goal is, I encourage you to find your ‘why.’ You can continue asking yourself ‘why’ over and over in order to find the response:
- If you say you want to start exercising, ask why.
- If you respond that you think you ‘should,’ ask why.
- If you say because you want to be healthy, ask why.
- If you say because you want to live 50 more years, ask why …. you get the point. Continue this until you get to a deep-seated response that really means something to you.
So tell me in the comments … What is a goal that you are currently working towards? Do you have a ‘why’ for that goal?