Why is it that so many people who want to lose weight, who know what they need to do to lose weight, struggle to string enough consistency together to gain traction?
Have you found these thoughts creeping into your head:
“I don't have enough willpower.”
“I need to workout, but I'm just so busy…”
“I get excited but then my motivation wanes quickly.”
“It is too hard/time consuming/boring to eat healthy…”
“I workout for a little while, but I don’t see results, so I stop…”
Can you relate? If so I am going to ask you a very important question:
What is your why?
It is impossible to stay committed and determined to do anything in life unless you nail down your “WHY”. Your “why” is the reason, the driving force behind you wanting to change.
I want you to read this parable that Darren Hardy uses in his book “The Compound Effect.”
If I were to put a ten-inch-wide, thirty-foot-long plank on the ground and say, “If you walk the length of the plank, I'll give you twenty dollars,” would you do it? Of course, it's an easy twenty bucks. But what if I took that same plank and made a roof-top “bridge” between two 100-story buildings? That same twenty dollars for walking the thirty-foot plank no longer looks desirable or even possible, does it? You'd look at me and say, “Not on your life.” However, if your child was on the opposite building and that building was on fire, would you walk the length of the plank to save him? Without question and immediately – you'd do it, twenty dollars or not. Why is it that the first time I asked you to cross that sky-high plank, you said no way, yet, the second time you wouldn't hesitate? The risk and dangers are still the same. What changed? Your WHY changed – your reason for wanting to do it. You see, when the reason is big enough, you will be willing to perform almost any how.
I want you to do some soul searching this week and get serious in thinking about what goals you have for yourself and why you want to accomplish them. Once you get to the root of your “why”, it changes the game.
Here is your challenge for today. Write your why down. Put it on your mirror. Read it every night. Make your why something you can recite to yourself when choices get hard or temptation crops up.
YOU + YOUR WHY = SUCCESS