What is Your Motivation?
Identifying your WHY is a crucial step in setting goals for your health and all other areas of your life. Your goals should have enough purpose that you are driven to achieve them. While change can be accomplished without a sense of purpose, the extra drive and motivation will make the results more meaningful. Answer these questions to help identify your WHY and put you on the fast track for reaching your health goals:
- What is your end goal? First, define your goal. What would you like to achieve in the next six months to one year? If you clearly define what you want, you’ll be able to take actionable steps to reach your objective. Remember the SMART rule: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-sensitive.
- What are the benefits of reaching your goal? Make a list of all the potential benefits of reaching your goal. You may discover some additional rewards that you weren’t originally seeking in the process.
- What is the root cause for your change? Understanding the root cause is a key factor in achieving our health goals. For example, if you are an emotional eater, your root cause may be that you see food as a comfort outlet. It’s important to identify and figure out how to address the root cause to eliminate the chance of it resurfacing.
- What are your passions? This is the part of the WHY that’s bigger than you. It’s about connecting with what you love and focusing on endeavors that fuel your fire.
After you have defined your WHY, the next step to success is to develop your action plan for reaching your goals. Continue reminding yourself of your reasons for change by writing them down in a journal or pinning them to a vision board where you will see them regularly. That way, you’ll have the confidence and momentum to achieve success.