What is YOUR Why? Your purpose. Your goals. We hear this phrase often but for many of us we really don’t have a good answer.
As observed by Robert Bryne, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” In other words – A life without a purpose is a life without a destination.
It could be as simple as ‘I want to lose 10 pounds’. Or ‘I want to fit into size “x” jeans ‘again. Or it could be ‘I want to do an unassisted pull-up” or “Walk up the stairs without breathing hard”
Maybe your aspirations are grander..”I want to be a millionaire by the time I am 30″ or ‘I want to be debt free”. Perhaps its simpler…’I want to be around to see my grandchildren grow up”.
My Why is to launch a health and fitness business to help people live their healthiest lives and provide them with the tools to be functionality fit at any age.
Your WHY is what sets you apart from everyone else. It’s your purpose. It’s what inspires you to take action.
And with this action is choice. Every day, every hour, every minute you have the opportunity to make a decision. A decision which will either guide you towards or away from you WHY.
Are you willing to make sacrifices for your Why? Because no one said this better than Nietzsche – who stated that “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how”.
If your Why is diet related – are you willing to give up things to hit your goals? If it is fitness related – are you willing to put in the time to your training or make (and keep) a commitment to get to the gym or wherever your workout takes you? If it is work related – are you willing to put in the hours, take the criticism even if it results in the loss of your job. If you want to empower others, educate others, motivate others – are you willing to mentor or volunteer?
These are high level examples, but hopefully you get the idea.
In determining your own why it is important to remember that it is completely individual. No Why should every be compared to anyone else’s Why even if they are similar. Because your path to your Why will be yours and yours alone.
And your Why will change with time. In fact, you have permission to change, rethink or choose another Why at any time.
So when thinking about your Why – make it specific. And simple, clear and actionable. Once you find your Why, you will be more careful and selective about every choice and action that you make.
So grab a journal and start thinking about what you want to be and write it down. What actions, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors are you attracted to the most? Then start taking steps to get there. Re-evaluate often.
Once your find your Why you will find this clarity of purpose will challenge you to do better and commit to actions that will get your closer to achieving your goals.
You’ve got this.
And remember…small steps lead to big results. This is a marathon. Not a sprint.