This has been on my mind. And although it can apply to many facets of life, for obvious purposes, let’s take fitness/health goals as an example. We talk about the importance of having a WHY often. Why do you work out? Why do you want to change how you look? Why do you want to be strong? Why do you want to be healthy? But how exactly does strength of your why, correlate to your how? Well, the more powerful your why is, the more you will be willing to take on in order to achieve it.
Build a better why, and you will be more likely to pack meals on a trip, get your butt out of bed early to hit the gym, weigh all your food, track all your meals, fit cardio in on your lunch break – basically do whatever it takes to meet your goals.
That’s why specific goal setting is important. As humans, we like to live by looking into the future. Naturally, we find inner strength by setting a future goal because it’s something we can look forward to. Without an aim, it’s hard to carry on – ESPECIALLY when conditions get difficult or when sacrifices need to be made. So the stronger your why, the more trials you can bear.
But enough of my rambling… think about YOUR why. In the end, sometimes how much you are willing to go through and sacrifice, simply comes down to how bad you really want it.
The words, “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how” were used by Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist in his book a “Man’s Search for Meaning”. I don’t usually like to re-read books, but I like to read this one often. It’s one of those life changing books that teaches us what can happen when we seek peace within ourselves regardless of what is happening around us. Anyway, if you are looking for some thought provoking reading material, maybe reach for this.
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That is all for today..