You want to do something, great.
You want to start eating better, why?
You want to get outside more, why?
You want to peruse a new career path, why?
6 sentences in and you’ve ready the word “why” 6 times already.
W A R N I N G : YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER AN ARTCLE WITH THE WORD WHY TYPED REPEATLY. THIS IS TO HELP ESTABLISH WHY KNOWING YOUR WHY IS SO IMPORTANT.
Let’s say I just made a goal to drink more water everyday.
Why do I want to do this?
Because I want to take better care of my health.
When I take better care of my physical health, I am taking care of my mental health.
There is too much sugar in factory made drinks and I don’t want that in my body.
I want to feel happier, healthier, and stronger.
So, the journey begins.
Day 1 is great. I’m super proud of myself for drinking a glass of water at lunch instead of sweet tea. Extra lemon adds a flavor that I like, this is going to be easier than I thought.
The days go on and I’m proud of my commitment.
Day 22 I go out with friends and want some sweet tea.
I mean, I’ve been doing great and I’m out with my friends….it’s totally okay.
I order one. Drink it all. Refill. Drink. Refill. Drink.
Day 23 I’m pissed at myself because I can feel it in my body.
I was just going to have 1 but instead I had 3.
So now I’m here, 23 days into my commitment that I’ve now broken.
I did something that I’m not proud of going over my limitations.
We then go this wave of thoughts that sound like, “why did I make this commitment in the first place, I knew I wouldn’t stick with it” or “I have to start over”.
And sometimes, that one negative thought gives that flow of self-doubting questionable thoughts trying to convince you to giving up.
Here’s where knowing our why comes in to pull us back on track.
Doing new things can be hard.
Well, because “new” means you’re not use to it.
We are all human and no human is perfect.
We learn by our mistakes and “failures”,
And we stick to things when plans don’t go accordingly when we remember why we started doing it in the first place.
Why did I decide to drink more water regularly?
To become happier, healthier, and stronger.
Does my day 22 of three sweet teas show me that I’m meant to fail?
No, but it reminded why I made the choice and why I want to stick with it.
It’s that little reminder that pushes you to continue making choices that positively affect your life that keeps you going.
You now your why, now what?
Write it down.
Proclaim in publicly.
Write it on a sticky note and put it some place you’ll see it everyday.
When you begin to feel the resistance, read your own words of encouragement or reach out to a friend who can remind you of your reasoning.
Be clear on why you wanting to do something and go for it.
You’ll learn along the way and will most likely fall down a time or 22.
When this happens remind yourself of your why, get back up, and keep going.