Find your Why!

In the best of circumstanced, unless you are a paid athlete or preparing for a role in a feature film (You’re an actor/movie star!) maintaining a consistent fitness routine in ‘normal’ life circumstances can be difficult. Trying to maintain your routine or program if you are a frequent traveler is even more difficult.

Getting up when the alarm goes off at 5:00am (Or earlier) to exercise before you start your day requires discipline and dedication. Conversely, going to the gym, whether it be a commercial gym, or even a home facility that have set can be just as difficult after a long day at work. The thought of going to the gym before parking yourself on the sofa for the evening may not necessarily be the most appealing of ideas.

Physical fitness, like anything else is life requires consistency to be thoroughly effective. Exercising once a week or less, while better than nothing, will not produce optimum results.

How can you consistently maintain this discipline?

Find your why?

Find your why?

Finding your why, what am I talking about?

Why do you want to get fit, or stay fit? What is or was your motivation?

When you started your quest to get in shape, get fit, get healthy, whatever you call it, Why did you do so?

Connect with that a visceral level and you’ll find your motivation!

What you need to do to get, and maintain your fitness routine, or any routine for that matter is to understand why you want or need to do X, whatever X may be.

In the 1940s, Viktor E. Frankl, was held prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. With all the agony and brutality, what kept Frankl from giving up his relentless fight for his life was purpose!

In his book, “Mans search for meaningViktor says “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

How does this translate to maintaining your fitness while on travel?

Be introspective, ask yourself “Why do I want to get or stay fit in the first place?”  Be honest with your answer, this is for YOU! There’s no need to share this with anyone, unless of course you want to…

Is your reason to live a long healthy life. Is it to make certain you can spend quality time with your children, perhaps with your grandchildren. Perhaps you know that it’s what’s needed for your health and an improved quality of life. Are you trying to attract a mate and want to look attractive to a potential suitor? Or is it just for you! Will getting and staying fit improve your self – confidence.

Again, you don’t need to share your reason/s with anyone but do be honest with yourself.

Know your Why, and you Will act!

Why, Why?

I first learned about this concept of WHY when I read the great, “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek.  I then watched his Ted Talk “How great leaders inspire action”, where he talked about the ‘Golden Circle’ and finding your Why.

In his book, Sinek explains how some of the world’s greatest leaders inspire themselves as well as other people to act, they do it by clarifying, understanding, and communicating their purpose—their WHY.

So, let’s take this back to you!

Why should you find your why?

Once you know your why, you’ll have a clear and motivating reason for maintaining your Fitness routine.

Know your Why, and you Will act!

Waking up at 5:00am to get in a practice session, or workout will be easy and in fact enjoyable once you connect your actions with your Why!

Making the firm decision that after a long day at work, you WILL go for a run, to the gym, or get in a practice session somehow will be pleasing once you connect your decision with your Why…

How to find your Why.

Sinek followed up his book, “Start With Why” with “Find your Why”.

In “Find your Why”, Sinek writes about crafting a simple WHY statement. Constructing a WHY Statement is a crucial part of discovering your WHY, and communicating your purpose to yourself and the world. (Should you choose to do so…)

Your WHY Statement should be:

  • simple and clear
  • actionable
  • focused on how you’ll contribute to others, and
  • expressed in affirmative language that resonates with you

Your WHY statement should be able to encapsulate all of the qualities we just mentioned—and it should be able to do so in a single sentence.

A single sentence so you can internalize it easily and repeat it as often as necessary.

I suggest you say it to yourself, aloud if you can, when you wake up in the morning.

When I’m on a business trip and my alarm goes off at 4:30am for me to get up and prepare for my workout, I shut off my alarm, and say aloud, my WHY statement.

So, how do you craft your WHY statement?

TO ____ SO THAT ____.

The first blank represents your contribution — the contribution you make to the life’s others through your WHY. And the second blank represents the impact of your contribution.

I’m not a Self-help guru (Not that I think there is anything wrong with them) nor am I telling you that you need to contribute to the lives of others, so let’s bring this back to you.

Your first blank can represent your action – what you are going to do! (Not what you are planning to do, what you are doing). The second blank represents the result of your action, your WHY.

Simple as that!

We all know that physical fitness is important and we need to exercise! That is a well established fact, but doing what we should do, and what we WILL do are 2 different things. Getting to WHY you need or want to do something will be a more compelling drive!

Know your Why, and you Will act!

 

Knowing and connecting with your Why, or your reason for doing anything, will make the action required much easier to start, and consistently maintain.

Happy training!

–Brad

brad@thefitbusinesstraveler.com

 

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