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What makes “Why” important?
Have you ever done something really difficult and then half way through start asking yourself “why” am I even doing this?
It could be that gym session or putting endless hours of work on that project or business idea you have.
What is your “why” is one of the most important questions you will have to answer very early on in order to keep yourself motivated. You will keep coming back to the answer you’ve found when the going gets tough, when you want to give up, when you feel lost.
As a coach one of my first missions is to help you find and understand your “why” and from there we’ll build on it together. Without knowledge and understanding of the very reason you want to pursue and achieve a goal, it’s very easy to lose your motivation to continue when you arrive at a difficult crossroads.
Let’s paint a simple picture…
January 1st has arrived, the new years resolution is well documented, it’s time to get in shape!
Week 1 is tough but you’re committed and know that nothing good comes easily.
Week 2 you’ve made some friends on a similar journey as you and everyone’s working hard and sweating up a storm in these gym sessions.
Week 3 you’re sore, you’re tired, the muscles don’t seem to be growing, the results you were hoping for haven’t manifested yet… you start to question yourself… “why am I even doing this, what’s the point?” You’ve formed a support group with your workout friends, so you ask how they’ve been feeling, are they seeing the results they wanted?
Week 4 you notice some of the group have started to drop out from the classes, citing excuses or having reasons why they have to drop out… you question whether you should continue as well… with motivation starting to dwindle, your “why” becomes the most important question to you.
Only you can truly understand “why” you’re doing something. What is your true motivation for working out? Is it for you, or for someone else? Is it to be in the best shape of your life, is it for your mental well-being? The reasons could be endless.
At this stage you must reflect and remember your “why”. Once you rediscover your “why” and give yourself that power chat in the mirror, all of a sudden… your motivation is the highest it’s ever been, you begin to understand that people around no longer affect your enthusiasm or your drive to soldier on and your goal is clear. Bring on week 5! You can do this!
If this has resonated with you, you can book a free consultation with Dean Powell here on Coaching Atlas.
Bite Sized Coaching tips:
Take the time to understand your true motivation, find your “why”
Having a support group is very helpful in times of doubt
Sometimes our real motivator isn’t obvious
Your coach will help you to maintain your focus to achieve your goal by helping you understand your true “why”