Did you know that 92 percent of people who set goals fail to achieve them? I was floored when I saw that statistic. How could so many people who start out with the best intentions fall short of their goals or flat out fail? So I did a little reading about the 8 percent who do succeed and what sets them apart. I learned that the people who do succeed always know their why. They always know the reason why they have the goals they do.
You might be thinking – that’s simple. I know why I want to lose weight. Or I know why I want to get in shape. It’s because I want to look good in a swimsuit. Or it’s because my doctor said I should. Or it’s because my best friend is getting married and I’m in the wedding. Those reasons are all well and good. But the why I’m talking about is a deeper and more meaningful thing that will compel you to keep trying even when things get challenging.
Do you know your why? Here’s a simple exercise to help you zero in on a crystal clear health and fitness why.
- What is my goal?
- What happened or brought me to the point where I set this goal?
- Have I ever achieved this goal in the past?
- When I think about my goal, how do I feel now?
- How will I feel when I achieve this goal?
- What will I be able to do once I achieve this goal that I can’t do now?
- What in my life will change once I achieve this goal?
- What will happen if I don’t achieve this goal?
See if these questions help you dig a little deeper to uncover a more meaningful and lasting motivator than just looking good in a swimsuit.