What’s your why?
So what do we mean by this statement, well we believe that if your why is strong enough then you’ll find a way to do what needs to be done.
It may seem like a cliché, but if you can train yourself and more importantly your mind to believe that the end goal is important, it could be the difference between success and failure.
A common one away from fitness is that people aim for the money or for the material things such as a car, a big house or other items, alternatively, they may be doing it for their family, so they can go on holiday, go to restaurants or for financial freedom.
So what could your fitness-related why be?
As Arnold said “This is why I always recommend to people sit down, take your time and start thinking about, why do you want to workout? What is your goal? And it can be as crazy as it is, it could be: I want to impress girls. If that’s your goal, so be it, but it motivates you!”
A hugely important message as it shows you that no matter your goal, you need one. Even if it’s a small one, for some people a small goal is all they need, they enjoy fitness but they don’t love it, so set small but tough goals.
If you’re someone who loves fitness, whether this is bodybuilding or you just love exercise and it’s part of your lifestyle choices, you could make a much bigger goal.
Small goal examples
- Lose 4 lbs in a month (1 lb per week).
- Workout 1 more day a week, whether cardio or weight lifting.
- Be beach body ready for your holiday in 2 months. What do you define as beach body ready? Well that can be defined by you, maybe it’s losing 5 lbs or maybe it’s to have visible abs.
Big goal examples
- Compete in your first Bodybuilding show.
- Complete the London Marathon.
- Compete in the CrossFit Games.
All goals should be individual to you though, so if you’ve already done the London Marathon, you could specify that you now want to complete the New York Marathon. Set yourself a realistic but challenging date, and go for it!
If you’re just starting on your fitness journey, then you could say “I am going to go to the gym 3 days a week minimum”, don’t set an unrealistic goal of going 6 days a week if you’re someone who struggles to motivate yourself to go.
So how can you relate this to your why?
In the case of the marathon runner, your why could be that you want to be the best possible runner long distance you can be, you want to travel the world and look back and say I did a marathon in 10 different countries, all while travelling the world.
If you’re new to your fitness journey, but have a family with kids your why could then relate to them. I want to be fitter and healthier so that I can do all of the fun activities with my kids and be around longer!
Each goal is uniquely different, but comes with their own challenges. So when deciding anything you do, think about your WHY!