It dawned on me after publishing last week’s blog post entitled “Steps to Success: Start in the kitchen” that I jumped the gun and skipped the first and most important step in the entire journey of getting back into shape…the WHY!!! That’s right…it is so important, it gets its own color! It is so important that when I sat down to write this article, I flipped through the 50 posts that are here because I thought for sure I had already written about this fundamental idea. It turns out I haven’t…I can’t believe that! How could I miss something so important?
I think I missed it because my why has been with me for my whole journey. Until last week when I revisited and added to my why, I have had the same why for four years. You might be asking yourself “what is a why?” and the answer is quite simple…this is the reason you want to start on your journey and the reason that motivates you to keep going! It is what will push you to workout in the morning when your alarm goes off and what gets you to push play in the evening after a hard day at work.
The why must be more than just “I want to lose weight.” That doesn’t go deep enough. Your why should make you want to cry! Seriously…I wrote down my why last week and had tears in my eyes. Follow up your initial statement like your 4-year-old would…ask yourself why at least 4 more times. Why do you want to lose weight? How will it feel and how will your life be different when you lose the weight? I challenge you to sit down with a piece of paper or at the computer and write it down. Take this step and get to the heart of why you want to be on this journey.
Here is a bit of my why:
I have been motivated on my journey to get back in shape and stay in shape because I want to be a confident energetic woman who is able to stay active throughout my entire life. I have watched someone important to me suffer from arthritis and I see what she goes through every day. I want to live life to the fullest and delay any effects that arthritis might have on me someday. More immediately, I know that when I am carrying extra weight, I also carry the burden of self consciousness and embarrassment. I like being able to hold my head up high and be proud of who I am and how I look every day.
Just last week, I sat down again to write my why as part of a personal development activity. I realize that my why is so much deeper because my fitness has a direct effect on my success in this business. I need to continue on my fitness journey to realize my dream of earning more than I ever have in my entire life. I want to make enough to bring my husband home from his job. I can achieve financial independence in a way I never could while teaching and it is directly a result of me leading by example and staying on my journey.
Now that you know my deep down why, it’s your turn. Pull a blank document, get a pen and paper and start writing!