Twenty-eight days can seem to fly by. Or they can seem to last forever.
When it comes forming new habits, even one week can seem like a long time. There will be resistance, from within (your inner critic) and without (family, friends, co-workers, maybe neighbors, or even strangers).
That’s why you should not even get started without a strong ‘Why.’ It’s the fuel that will keep you going when the going gets tough.
Your Why will keep you strong and help you build and sustain momentum in the direction of your goals.
What is a Why?
Your Why is your deep-down reason for doing something important.
Remember in English class all of the questions that need to be answered when writing?
They saved the best for last.
I’ll fill in the blanks for the first five.
- Who? You, me, and whoever else participates.
- What? Embarking on a journey toward better health.
- Where? Wherever our lives typically happen.
- When? Contact me for upcoming dates.
- How? Enjoying well-balanced, whole-food meals with macronutrient-balanced meal replacement made-to-order shakes and low-glycemic and healthy snack bars.
That last one is for you to answer. But, having completed my own, let me give you a few tips.
- First, take a moment and ask yourself why you want better health.
- Dig deep. Keep asking “Why?” until you reach the bottom of your heart and/or gut.
- Visualize your strong and healthy self a year from today, down to the smallest detail. How do you look? How do you feel? What are you able to do differently?
- Write down, draw, or mind-map your Why.
- Post it where you will see if every day.
- Share it with a buddy, if you’d like. That helps keep you accountable, just knowing they know.
- Read it first thing every morning and throughout the day, if necessary.
For help in excavating for your Why, you might ask yourself:
- What problem(s) do I have.
- What problem(s) do I fear I will have?
- What pleasure(s) do I want but don’t have.
- What pleasure(s) do I have but fear I might lose?
Still having trouble? Close your eyes and imagine you have everything you want in the world. Money is not an issue. Time is not an issue. Health is not an issue. Work is not an issue.
What are you doing? Where are you? Who are you with? What do you look like? What are you wearing? What are you eating? What are you thinking about? What is ahead in your day? Most importantly, how do you feel?
Your Why is not the same as your goals but the two go hand-in-hand.
Now, it’s time to get it out of your head and onto a printable, reviewable document.
Your heart and your gut are speaking to you right now. Listen. Take dictation. Then, hit Save.
Your Why is the driver on your journey to better health. Hire it and don’t fire it until you’ve given it a chance to get you through at least the first leg of your Be Healthy journey.