Every Little Step Needs a "Why"
There is a reason entrepreneurs define their Why when they start a business. Without knowing why it is so important, it is hard to make the commitments necessary to succeed.
So, why do I want to get into shape? Part of it is for my health; more of it is an improved quality of life. I am tired of avoiding photos with my family because I am embarrassed because of my weight. I am fortunate enough to have my kids include me on vacations but I have to be careful what activities I do. I don't want to hold them back or limit their fun. And I don't want to hurt myself. I have a history of going on a hike and falling. Last time, my son heard a noise, turned around and I wasn't there - all he could see were my feet. I had stepped wrong and toppled over a tree stump. It took my son and niece to pull me up. Luckily, other than a small cut on my foot, I wasn't hurt. Thank those early years of gymnastics that taught me how to fall.....
Since I haven't made the changes necessary to fix my life, getting into shape is not enough of a why. Why do I want to get into shape?
I listened to a freelance business coach the other day - Angie Colee - Confidence Coach and Business Strategist, Copy Chief, and Host of the Permission to Kick Ass Podcast (she is great, by the way) and after many struggles, she finally realized her Why is to have a better life in 20 years. Every decision she makes is with that goal in mind - will this move me in the direction I want to go?
At 70, I'm not looking 20 years into the future, but I am looking at 5. What do I want my life to be when I'm 75? I want to be healthy, active, and involved. I want to be flexible, strong and have the balance and confidence to do what I want without having to worry about falling or breaking a bone. So, today, I took another little step, defined my Why, and made a few good decisions. I still ate a piece of Halloween candy - I'm not perfect - but I also had a peach.
This isn't a one day, one week, one month or even one year event. It is me finally taking responsibility for my life. What to join me on my journey?