Why is understanding your motivations important?
Maybe I’m just a millennial (don’t hold it against me), but I think that knowing WHY you’re doing something is extremely important. In fact, I’d argue it’s just as important (if not more important) as WHAT you’re doing. We’ve all had those days where we’re tired. We’ve all had those days where we’re lazy. Sometimes, the last thing in the world we want to do is go to the gym. Or, we really just don’t feel like eating that salad and just want a cheeseburger. Those are totally normal things and are very difficult to overcome. The people who have the best chance at overcoming those challenges are the ones who truly understand their motivations. Understanding your motivations, in my opinion, is paramount to your success. Truly believing in your “why” will help keep you going when the going gets tough.
How can I understand my motivations?
There is a great exercise we like to use called “The 5 Why’s”. Basically, you just ask yourself “why” 5 times in a row. This will help dig into deeper motivations and get past surface level motivators like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to build muscle”.
Check out our video below for a demonstration of this exercise and more information!
Now you try!
It’s really tough to be vulnerable with yourself or the world. Trust me, I’ve shared some personal things on the internet and with good friends, so I get that it’s not easy to do. But, if you’re comfortable, share your “why” in the comments! The more support in your environment, the more likely you are to succeed. If you don’t want to, that’s ok, too! But be sure you’re at least comfortable sharing your “why” with yourself, or you’ll have trouble keeping that motivation going. If you have a friend or family member you can share with, that’s great! The more support in your environment, the more likely you are to succeed.
If you enjoyed this exercise and found it helpful, check out our online wellness classes! We go through this exercise as a part of our first course. Visit education.gasparsbest.com for more information.
Vince Bellitti is the Founder of Gaspar’s Best and is a Precision Nutrition certified Wellness Coach with a Level One Certification in Exercise Nutrition