Defining your WHY
Hi beautiful friends! If you're new here, I'm Brooklyn! I am a full-time teacher with a HUGE passion to serve other teachers. I love showing others how to meal prep effectively, fall in love with working out and most importantly- fall in love with THEMSELVES! You truly cannot serve others (like your students) until your OWN cup is full.
Anyways, this post is going to be all about your WHY. You may not even have idea what i'm talking about here, so let me explain...
Everything we do has a purpose.
There is a REASON that we chose to eat that entire bag of potato chips when we knew it wouldn't make us feel good.
There is a REASON we say yes to everybody even though sometimes, we just want to stay home and do absolutely nothing.
There is a REASON we give in to eating poorly time and time again.
There is a REASON we don't want to put on a bathing suit in the summer time.
There is a REASON we are afraid to try new things like a spin class, workout program or hiring an online coach.
This reason is because we are so used to operating out of F E A R. We are AFRAID of the unknown. We are terrified to be uncomfortable. We feel STUCK in our old habits but we would rather continue making those choices then try a different route.
Operating from fear sucks. It mentally and physically sucks the life out of you. You continue to spiral through the same emotions over and over again. You don't feel any sense of accomplishment or PRIDE in yourself. You say you want to change, but you keep doing the same things. Ever heard that quote-- "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result?" Yup. Hits hard, doesn't it?
When you decide you're sick of living this way and WANT to feel confident in your own skin, proud of the life you live- you really need to sit down and think about your WHY.
WHY do you want to change?
What's going to be different this time?
Your WHY should be deep and meaningful.
Your WHY should be powerful.
"I want to lose 10 lbs" is not a defined why. That is a small goal. Great, but WHY do you want to lose 10 lbs? Please, please, stop focusing entirely on the number the scale reads. There are so many variables that go into what it shows on the screen and you really cannot beat yourself up about it. Yes, weight is one way to track progress, but if you're unable to weigh yourself once a week without it getting you down, then DON'T! Take measurements and progress pictures instead.
"I want to get healthy for my family" is not a defined why. What do you mean by this? You want to be healthier so you can live longer? That makes more sense. You really have to dig deep, guys.
You want your why to not only be defined- but visible. Write it down on your mirror, journal, planner, phone...whatever makes sense for you. Don't just read this blog and think "oh yeah- I need to write it down"...stop what you're doing now and write it down. Getting it out of your mind and on paper is HUGE.
Your WHY should light a fire under you. It should be so real and raw to YOU that it causes you to be determined. Determined to reach your goals because you know WHY it's so important to you.
Your WHY might be that you want to feel GOOD because you know when you feel good you are a better human to those you love.
Your WHY might be because others in your family have a history of diseases from living an unhealthy lifestyle and you want to break the cycle. You want to get the most out of this beautiful life.
Your WHY might be that you love your kids so much and you want to do everything in your power to ensure you're around for them when their older. You want to be able to play soccer with them in the back yard without being uncomfortable and out of breathe in the first 5 minutes.
Your WHY might be that you want to be a positive role model to your kids and/or students. You want to be the role model you didn't have growing up.
Whatever it is, it needs to be STRONG. It needs to come from the heart and be meaningful to YOU. You can't copy someone else's why just because it sounds good. Really take a few days to think about it and keep defining it.
If you feel like you have defined your why, please comment it below! I'd love to read it and support you :) and If you need help defining your why, comment below and let me know! I can help you sort through it and discover what you truly desire.