The power of a strong WHY is remarkable. Setting goals is nice. But what happens when you hit your goal? What is going to drive you to keep going, to do more, to be more?
Let me introduce you to one of my WHYS
I have 5 children. They have always been the center for why I wanted to workout and remain healthy and strong. I want to be physically capable of protecting them from harm and I want to be an example for them to be strong and fierce. They became a big part of my why for building a large business through coaching with Team Beachbody. But as with most goals and dreams, we often need to rekindle the fire.
Meet Hannah – my most recent fire starter…
When I was about 17 weeks pregnant, I went for an ultrasound and found out that Hannah was missing part of her right arm. You can read more about the day we found out here.
Hannah brought a gift to our family that changed us forever. At the time I am writing this, she is 7 months old. As I watch her crawl around, reach for things, laugh, play… all the things other babies her age do, I get this strong sense of pride and courage. I make it a practice to speak words of life and belief into her. I know the road ahead will present challenges but WHO doesn’t have a road ahead that will present challenges?
Let’s pause on that point for a moment! We ALL have a life full of challenges that we must overcome or they will overcome us. Maybe your challenge doesn’t involve learning to do things with one hand. You may have had to face physical or emotional challenges far greater than what Hannah has ahead.
It’s fairly common to be passionate about something and then watch that passion slowly fade. That’s where it is so crucial to know WHY you are doing something. I know that Hannah is going to need an extra dose of belief. She is happy and figures things out because for now, she has no idea that she is any different from any other person on the planet. She doesn’t know that others have two hands to reach for toys and crawl around the room. Ignorance really is bliss. For me, this is a moment where I can be the example of extreme faith, courage, belief, and perseverance. I have this constant reminder that little eyes are watching. When I don’t feel like doing a task (like maybe a workout) I plop Hannah down beside me on the workout mat and give my very best.
I once heard Chalene Johnson say that when we don’t want to push anymore, when it feels too hard, and when that voice in our head tells us it’s okay to slow down or quit, think of someone who can’t do what you are doing and fight for them. Fight because they can’t. I used that for hard workouts when my dad was sick; when I felt weak I would think of him lying in bed knowing that he would love nothing more than to be out and about living life.
Hannah doesn’t know that when I push hard in a workout or when I sit at my desk working to build our business that I sometimes want to quit. She doesn’t know that I have to channel strength from my WHYS – all of those reasons I have to stay the fight.
So what is it that you really want to conquer in this life? What excites you? What gives you a great sense of fulfilment? What do you want people to remember you for when you are no longer here on this earth- more importantly, WHY? Get connected with what it is you truly want and attach something you are deeply passionate about and I guarantee you will achieve unbelievable things. If you don’t achieve the goal you set out to achieve, you will accomplish far more than just sitting on the couch and dreaming.