What motivates you to eat healthy, to exercise or lose weight? It’s much more than wanting to “be healthy.” What does that even mean anyway? I’m pretty sure it means different things to each one of us.
There is a bigger reason on why you want to be fit and feel good. Is there someone you want to be around for? Then focus on what would happen if you weren’t there. Is someone you love not around? How does that make you feel. Connecting to those emotions are big motivating factors.
What are your reasons? How would you feel if you weren’t able to fulfill them? Who else are you effecting and what’s the outcome?
Answering these questions is one of the keys to achieving your goals. It’s hard to stay on track when you don’t have something tangible to work towards. Short term goals are great but when you achieve them you think now what? I reached my goal and it’s over. Old habits creep back in and good intentions get blown off.
Connecting to long-term goals keeps you on track. I want to be mobile when I’m a senior citizen. I watch my father-in-law struggle to take a walk and he tells me don’t get old. My heart goes out to him but I know it does not have to be that way. I have friends who are older than him who still run, take yoga, lift weights and kick box. They may not be as fast or as strong as they once were but they’re still out there and moving.
One of my clients doesn’t want to be sick and miss out on her grandchildren. Her mom didn’t get to meet her grandchildren and it bothers my client. She feels her kids missed out on a wonderful woman and she also missed having her mom’s love, support and guidance as she raises her children. Connecting to that emotion is what helps her stay on track.
We all have our own story, what’s yours? If you don’t want to write it publicly please feel free to send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you.
Do you need help staying on track? Having support is another powerful tool to help you reach your goals. Send me an email to set up a 20 minute strategy session to figure out what your top challenges are.