The third and final factor to reaching your health and fitness goals is Why Power! You might be saying, doesn’t he mean “Will Power”? Nope, I mean Why Power.
To review, here are all 3 success factors that I feel are the most important to ensure success and achieve the goals in your health and fitness journey! If you haven’t had a chance to read the first two, do that now before continuing.
I have mentioned in the past about Will Power verses Why Power. Your “WHY” is what is going to drive you to reach your own health and fitness goals. Not what I say on a weekly basis, not what you hear from social media, not what you might read in a book, magazine or on a website.
If it isn’t powerful enough, your “WHY”, or what you think is your “WHY” will not keep you going in the right direction. At the first sign of failure or the first encounter with adversity you won’t respond unless you have it in your corner, constantly reminding you WHY it is your are doing what you are doing, WHY you are going through what you are going through.
Will Power is sometimes not enough!
How many of you set a few goals for yourself back in January, went strong a for a couple of weeks and then found excuses not to follow though and meet those goals? The problem is, having the Will Power and self-discipline that is needed to carry on will only take you so far when the “I don’t feel like it” or “this isn’t working for me” thoughts start creeping into your head.
What you need are habits! Habits that are initially formed by the will power and self-discipline to get your started. Once those habits are formed and combined with the power of your WHY, things get easier and they don’t require as much energy to maintain. Most of our habits are “automatic”, we don’t have to think about them. Of course there are good habits and bad habits or habits that lead you closer to your goals and those that lead you further away.
You want to focus on replacing the bad with the good; or better yet, add new habits that help you eliminate the habits that aren’t helping you. We all know that bad habits are hard to break, but if you instead focus on forming a new habit that automatically prevents you from keeping those bad habits around, it makes the process a bit easier.
For example, let’s say that you have a problem with snacking. Snacking on junk food, potato chips to be exact. What is a great way to break this bad habit? Simply eliminate the potato chips! Clear out your pantry of all of the junk food that you know, if you are standing in front of and have even the slightest craving, you are going to reach for. Throw it away or give it away so that your bad habit doesn’t even have a chance to happen.
Finding your WHY.
At this point you may be saying; “I don’t know why my WHY is.”. That’s ok! You probably do, just need a little help rediscovering it. You have probably buried it so deep in your thoughts that you don’t think about it very often among all of the other 5 millions thoughts you process daily.
Having your WHY at the forefront of your thoughts is exactly what you need! If you are constantly thinking about it, it will become something you focus on and and work on each and everyday.
Here are some general ideas to help you discover or rediscover your WHY.
- I want to complete X event before I turn Y years old.
- A goal of mine would be to run X miles in Y (amount of time).
- I want to lose X # of pounds for the upcoming Y event.
- I want to look my best before X trip.
- I want more energy to be able to do X.
What is your “WHY”?
I’d love to hear it!
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