Are you one of the millions of people who are resolving to lose weight and get in shape in 2016? Do you know that over 90% of people who make this resolution will be back to their old habits within one month? How will you make sure you are not one of them?
WHY do you want to lose weight and get in shape? Have you ever really dug deep and thought about why it’s important to you? Well it’s time. If you can come up with your compelling why to change your behavior, you have a much better chance of sticking with it over the long haul.
Here’s and example: On September 11, 2001, I sat on the floor of the Art room in the high school where I taught, watching in horror as the twin towers came crashing down into the New York streets below. I saw people running (some shoeless), literally for their lives. I asked myself if I was in the kind of shape that would be required to run from danger if I needed to and my answer was NO. That’s when I decided I needed to up my fitness game and get into the kind of shape necessary to run from danger and to help others get away if they needed my help, and I have kept in that kind of shape ever since.
1. Your why has to connect you emotionally to the reason you want to change your behavior.
2. Your why has to be compelling enough, that every time you want to quit, you can think back to it and get motivated all over again.
To find your why, you have to dig deep. There’s a reason you want to do this that’s beyond the ordinary. What is it? Why is it really important to you?
Get a piece of paper and start writing. Keep digging and don’t let yourself off the hook until you figure it out. When you find it, you will know! Once you do, you will be ready to make changes and never look back!
For a little more motivation, watch the Periscope broadcast on this subject below.
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