You’re chugging along, accomplishing things. You’re going at a hundred miles an hour. You’re getting things done. You know what you want to do, you know when you need to get it done, and on and on.
You’re getting things done and all of a sudden you hit a wall, and all your good intentions just fall to the ground. You can’t pick them up and you have no way to get motivated. You’re just sitting there and you’re lost.
That’s the time when you want to pick up out of that pile on the ground and remember why you were trying to accomplish this particular goal. Let’s talk about it.
Why Is Important
Today we’re going to talk about using why as a powerful way to get motivated. Now stick around because this is going to be a deep in the weeds concept but it’s going to really help you in the long run to figure out and accomplish these meaty, happiness creating goals.
So why is why important? Why is anything important? No seriously, why is important.
I’m going to assume that you’ve figured out your what’s, your where’s, your when’s, your who’s, all that type of stuff. Let’s talk about some examples to really spotlight why why is important and why you should use this daily to accomplish and stay motivated.
Let’s take an example- You want to get up off the couch, turn off the TV and you want to go outside and walk. You want to lose weight, you want to be more fit, and you want to have more energy.
You’ve figured it out, you’ve finally had enough. You’re going to turn off Sally Jessy Raphael, you’re going to get out there in the world, and you’re going to exercise. I think I just dated myself but anyway, you’ve had the best intentions.
You’ve done it for a couple days. You’ve done it for a week, maybe you’ve done it for two weeks, but today for some reason you just don’t want to get up off the couch. You just don’t want to go get your exercise in. That’s when you need to remember why.
Why did you want to exercise in the first place? Was it just fitness? I mean that’s great, but let me give you a different why.
A Deeper Why
How about seeing your grandkids someday? Maybe you don’t have kids. Maybe you have little, tiny kids like me, mine are four and seven. I want to see my grandkids someday and it’s going to happen like that! So whenever I’m starting to feel like I want that extra hamburger or I don’t feel like going running today I sometimes pull out this why.
I think, you know I want to see my kids graduate high school. I want to see them go to the moon when they’re astronauts. I want to see my grandkids someday so I can tell them all the nasty, little stories about the stuff that their parents did when they were little kids, and I hold on to that. That is a motivator to get going and and get the job done.
Here’s another example- You want to finish college. Say you’ve got a real nice career, you’re maybe five, ten years into it. You’ve got a house, you’ve got some kids.
You don’t have to finish college but you want to finish college. But today, on this particular day, it’s a Saturday and you really don’t want to get that paper done which is due tonight. You want to just sit out in your backyard and b.b.q. some dogs and drink some beers because you’ve worked hard all week.
That’s when you need to get out the why and blow it off and take a look at it to get motivated. Why did you want to finish college? Did you want to prove something to yourself? That you were a person who was worthy of having a degree on your wall? Did you want to prove something to your kids? Did you want to set an example for them?
Did you want to further your career? Somewhere down the road is some opportunity you can’t see yet but that you could take advantage of if you had a college degree versus whatever you have now? That’s your why, that’s your way to get motivated.
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Find The Why
Sometimes these why’s are hard to find. Sometimes you just say, “I’m going to do this one-off task”, and you don’t really think about the why.
When you’re not motivated, sit down and consider what the why is.
I’m going to take this a step further, I want you to get out a piece of paper and I want you to write it down in big, blocky letters. Use a crayon if you need to. Write big. Use the biggest piece of paper that you have.
Write it down and stick it wherever it is or on whatever it is that is your biggest obstacle. If sitting around watching TV is your obstacle I want you to tape it to your TV or right next to it. Put it where you have to look at it all the time.
If you would rather sit around and drink beer then finish that project, or finish that paper, then tape it on your case of beer. Put it around the fridge. Put it right next to the handle so every time you open the fridge you have to look at it.
Put it next to your bed so when you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning, you have to look at it. Put it next to or on your mirror in the bathroom. Take this why of these meaty, happiness creating goals and stick it all over the house and remember why it is you’re trying to accomplish this particular goal.
Remember why this goal is important to you and that will see you through to the end.
You can use why to go that last mile and get that college degree, or get that fat off of you, get that promotion, or get whatever it is you need to get done.
Take advantage of why. Let me know why you wanted to accomplish your happiness creating goals.
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