Ever notice a kid’s favourite question is ‘WHY!?’ And sometimes they will keep asking, ‘But why?’. And then sometimes you get stuck answering the next ‘WHY?’ Kids are very clever cookies. They continually ask until they are satisfied and understand the purpose. We could all take a leaf out of every kid’s book and continually ask ourselves ‘Why?’.
- Why are we exercising?
- Why do we want to lose/gain weight?
- Why do we want to gain muscle?
- Why are we making healthier nutritional choices?
- Why have I made certain goals?
- Why do I want that promotion at work?
- Why do I want to run a marathon?
These are all great goals, but why do you want to achieve them? And I don’t mean the obvious answers of ‘because I want to look skinny’. Dig deeper! Why do you want these things? When you come up with an answer, ask yourself… ‘But why?’ You keep digging deeper until you hit your purpose of wanting these goals.
I’ll give you a personal example of a goal of mine from a few years ago. My main goal was to lose weight. Pretty generic right? My ‘Why’ was deep. I found it by repeating to myself why I wanted it.
I lost a very dear friend of mine to a rare type of cancer at an incredibly young age. I at the same time was told that my liver was struggling and that it was starting to fail and that if I didn’t take my health seriously, I was at risk of putting myself into a high- risk category for liver cancer.
My ‘why’ was big. I wanted to lose weight because I needed to get myself out of the high-risk area for liver cancer. I need to see my daughter grow up. I needed to see my daughter graduate. I wanted to go on our first family holiday together. I wanted to be healthy and to be able to play sport. I wanted another baby. I want to grow old with my soul mate. – My why was bigger than all the doubts and excuses. When I had my days of struggles, I reflected on my why. That is what pushes you through the harder days.
That goal was 5 years ago. I have since been blessed with an amazing son. Watching my daughter grow into a sweet and kind-hearted girl. I play sport. Still continuing to grow with soul mate. Most importantly, I am no longer in a high-risk category and am healthy.
So, Keep asking yourself, ‘but why?’ – Nothing will stop you apart from you.