Why do you do what you do?
This seemingly small inquiry can yield tremendous insights.
The why of any action is important. Why are you avoiding certain foods, saving money, or doing your job, etc.?
It’s easy to get programmed with, for example, “Well sugar is bad so I’ll avoid it.” Ok- but is that why strong enough to make you stop eating it or will it instead cause you to deprive yourself and then binge later?
Or, “I know I should save money” - ok, should versus, “There’s this trip I really want to take so I’m willing to cut back on my expenses each month to save up.” That’s a strong why.
How about, “I work because I have to make money.” Well you don’t have to, you choose to, so how about choosing a job you like? If you don’t like your job but can’t quit yet, what can you get behind in what you do? How can you create a strong why? Maybe to help people, to inspire, to be creative: can you infuse that in? If not, can you consider looking for work that is more reflective of your life goals?
If you can look at the big picture why of any choices, you’ll be more apt to follow through. The motivation needs to be stronger than the resistance.
So going back the examples above, if you’re going to limit food or finances, that why has got to be crazy strong or you won’t do it. For some, eating healthy because you feel better when you do is a strong why. But for others, like some of you I know reading this, that isn’t enough for the follow through. So what is? A long life? Having energy and stamina? Maybe climbing Mt Kilimanjaro - think big.
Don’t make the why an avoidance of pain- ie: you won’t need insulin later. That’s not motivating. The why needs to jazz you.
Same with money, because budgeting or saving will only cause kick back and rebellion unless you have strong motivation- your why.
When you have a strong why, you become unstoppable.
So this week I encourage you to find the reasons why behind everything you do. It will bring you clarity, insight, and the motivation you need to follow through.
Me, just sharing ways to make you the best you can be!