I have a three mile run to do.
I also have a big time headache.
I'm contemplating which one will win out: the run or the headache.
The answer lies in one simple three-letter word: Why?
When we make a commitment to anything, whether it's searching for a new job, getting rid of weight we no longer want, embarking on a new challenge, etc., if our reason for doing it is not compelling enough then we aren't going to follow through.
Sure, we're going to get started okay. When we start something new, it's always exciting. The excitement wanes after awhile though, and that's when the danger of giving up sets in.
We need a compelling reason to continue on when we don't feel like going further. It's like the blog I wrote recently on pushing through (May 2016 Archive for the blog post). Sometimes we don't feel like doing something, but we push through anyway. We are able to do so, because we have a compelling reason. It is what gives us the extra boost when we need it.
Earlier this week, I listened to the 1 Simple Thing podcast with host Dave Kirby. He talked about fear and how it sometimes keeps us from doing things or it can push us through. He related it to WWI in a way that has resonated with me this week. He talked about how when the soldiers were in the trenches, when the signal was given they jumped out and ran into battle. There was a very good chance that they were going to die that day, and even though they were probably fearful, they did it anyway.
Sometimes our compelling reason is that we do things out of fear for survival, and I think that's okay. Dave's guest last week on his podcast was Brian Fisher who is an author and host of the TV show, Fisher's ATV World. Brian shared a story about a time in his life when he and his wife were in a mall with their then 4-year-old son. His son wanted a 35-cent pretzel, and Brian didn't even have enough money to be able to buy one for him. Right there and then he said that something like that would never happen again.
Fisher found his compelling reason, and it has driven him to have several successful business ventures. That fear of not being able to buy his son a 35-cent pretzel was all the motivation he needed for it to never happen again.
My compelling reason for any goal or challenge I set for myself is that I don't want to let myself down. Each day I strive to be better than I was yesterday.
Sure, there are going to be days like today where a nasty headache gets in my way. Instead of giving up and cashing it in, I'm making adjustments so that I'm not letting myself down. It might mean going for my run this evening, going to the gym to do an alternative workout instead, or going for a walk instead of a run.
The most important component of any goal, challenge, or journey is to know the reason you're doing it. Make it visible. Write it down and put it in a place where you will see it daily. It needs to be in your face every single day.
What's your "WHY"?
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.