What motivates you?
Do you ever feel that some people are more motivated than you? Whether it be towards work, their health or even sticking to their diet. It might be a number of things, but generally people who are motivated really know their reason.
Know of someone who quit smoking because an older relative died of cancer? Or someone who lost weight after finding out their high cholesterol was putting them in danger of heart disease?
These people have a true motivation to drive them to reach their goals.
Your goals might be as clear, but your motivation behind it could be a bit foggy. This then makes it harder to achieve the results you want.
One of the best ways I came across finding your motivation is called the 5 Whys. It's a great method to get the bottom of what you want and why you really want it.
- Firstly ask yourself why do you want 'x'? For this example lets say, why do you want 'to exercise.'
Your reason might be 'to lose weight'. That's a fair reason, but now we'll delve deeper.
2. Why do you want to lose weight? Your reason might be 'to be healthier'. Great! But we can go further.
3. Why do you want to be healthier? Your thought could be 'to set an example for my kids' or 'to feel more confident in my own body'.
Start to see where this is going? Each time you ask why, we get a little further towards the real reason you want to do what you're doing. If you keep going to 5 or even 6 times you can uncover a really important reason.
So stop and ask yourself... What is your why?
You can write down your list and put it next to your bed. It might help you get up for work if you have a list of 5 very valid reasons of why your job is important to you. You could put the list of your why's in your car so that you can read over every reason why you should go to your group fitness class on the way home from work.
I'd love to hear how you go with your WHYS. Feel free to get in touch.