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Motivating | What Drives You?

There are always hundreds of excuses not to do something, as procrastination is usually a lot of people’s biggest issue when it comes to reaching a goal. The key to motivating yourself is to ask yourself “Why?” 2 or 3 times. This will usually get you to the root of the reason why you want to achieve whatever it is you want to accomplish.

For example:

“Why do I want to lose weight?” Your answer could be “I want to lead a more healthy lifestyle”

Now come the second question you should ask yourself.

“Why do I want to lead a more healthy lifestyle?” Which your answer could be “I have 2 kids now, and I feel like I can’t keep up.”

This will usually give you a great reason to keep you motivated. But you may want to ask another “Why?” question to dig deeper.

“Why do I feel like I can’t keep up?” Which your answer could be “I’m always tired and I feel like I’m not taking care of myself. I don’t eat well.  I feel like if I continue to live this way, I won’t be able to live long enough to see my kids grow up.”

Now you’ve gotten to a huge motivator, which is staying healthy to see your kids grow up. At this point you can just think of that reason every time the excuses come up.

Not everyone can be motivated their entire life. I’ve been through periods where I couldn’t get myself motivated to work out. Sometimes priorities do change, but it will always be on the back of your mind. Take a break for a short period if you need to. Just know that when that time is up, you will continue on the path that you set.

Take goal setting as a puzzle piece and realize that it takes many pieces to form a big picture. 1 step or puzzle piece at a time. The result will come if you put in the work and time. It’s not an easy thing, but it’s not impossible either.

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