Discouraged? Unmotivated? Ready to throw in the towel?
Discovering how to get back in the game, is to rediscover your why.
Have you ever been told to write down your why? When I began my journey of personal growth, the one thing that each of my instructors, trainers, coaches, and mentors all taught me was; to succeed in anything, you must begin with your why. This is a such an easy step but for most, this is the step in the journey to wherever that must be made. If you do not know why you are doing something, then you have set yourself up for a tough ride with setbacks, discouragement, and frustration. Think about that for a moment.
When we start out to complete something rarely do we start to fail.
With high hopes, we will begin that diet, organize that garage or start that new home business. Usually, we will have a generalized reason why and think that is enough but that could not be farther from the truth.
In fact, most of the time, we don’t really know why we want to do something. Often, we run on auto pilot and rationalize as we go.
I don’t know.
I would bet that you could go into your closet right now and find at least three items full of dust. The shoulder of a jacket, shoes and maybe a purse or a hat full of dust. Clearly, you have not worn those items long enough for them to collect dust. Why do you keep things that you no longer use? Most people would say, “I don’t know” and then begin to rationalize. I might fit it someday, or whatever.You see, if we do not really know what we want and why it is not only more difficult to achieve our goal but when we get discouraged it is more difficult to get back in the game.
How clear is your why?
One thing that I learned was that the “Why” had to be specific. It is not enough to say that you want to lose weight. It is not enough to look at the garage and tell yourself it needs organizing. In fact, when I train my clients and we are working on their why, I teach them that making money is not a why. It is much bigger than that! Why do you want to make money? What health benefits will you get when you lose weight? What reason is important that makes you feel you want to organize the garage? You see, when you really think about why you want to do something, it anchors the thought and gives it more value.
I want to lose 10 pounds is not a reason why. I want to lose 10 pounds before my next doctor’s appointment because he told me that I was going to get diabetes and I do not want to have to take insulin for the rest of my life. Do you see? There is more weight to it.
Set yourself up for success.
When you know your why, you have set yourself up for success. Now, when you get discouraged and unmotivated you can remind yourself of how important the task is and you can then see the rewards of your efforts. This is why it is so important to write down your why. You why will remind you of what you really want which will help motivate you into action whatever your goals are.
Challenges help us to grow.
I challenge you to get a piece of paper out and discover your why about whatever it is that you are working on today. Remember to write in detail because then you will see the value. Share your why in the comments below. Share this post if it helped you.