“Words may inspire, but only action creates change.” – Simon Sinek
You don’t create action by explaining what you want to do, but by why you want to do it.
I want to lose 30 lbs?
Because it will give me more confidence to live my life.
So many of us know what we want to do but lack the reasoning behind it. Losing weight is a great example because we know what the end effect of it is: feeling better, looking better, moving better…
But where we often fail is figuring out the true reasons behind the action and keeping ourselves close to those beliefs and thoughts. Which in turn is how we lose sight of the end range of our goal.
Sure losing weight sounds great, but are you really willing to do what is needed without establishing why you need to do it? It’s been my experience with people that the answer is no.
It’s hard work. And when the work gets harder our interest tends to dwindle. Chalk it up to being human and the need to feel comfortable versus being uncomfortable.
We also generally understand the “how” of what we want to accomplish. I’m going to lose 30 lbs by exercising and eating right. But again, these are just words. There’s no attached reasoning behind why you want to lose the weight by eating right and exercising.
What’s left to keep you going when all you know is what is trying to be accomplished and how you’re going to do it?
The solution is to start with your reason for wanting to do something and work backwards with the plan. This is a classic goal setting technique that I’ve discussed in depth HERE.
We’ve all probably heard the saying “Know your why”, and this is merely an expansion on that thought process.
It’s inspiring to look in the mirror and see the change that needs to happen, but truly searching inside yourself for the reasoning beyond what you physically see will carry you a lot longer.
Respect the why, respect the work, create the action, and know that they only way you’re going to get through the hard times is by establishing your reason for doing something that will require effort.