I’ve been reading a book called THE COMPOUND EFFECT, Jumpstart your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy.   Today he started talking about “finding your why”.  I’m very familiar with this concept and use it in my own life but his explanation for finding your why is so clear and motivating I couldn’t help but share it here.

“Finding Your Mojo—Your Why-Power

When you’re having trouble doing the hard work of achieving your goals, it’s common to believe you simply lack willpower. I disagree. It’s not enough to choose to be successful. What’s going to keep you consistent with the new positive choices you need to make? What’s going to stop you from falling back into your mindless bad habits? What’s going to be different this time versus the times you’ve tried and failed before? As soon as you get the slightest bit uncomfortable, you’re going to be tempted to slide back into your old, comfortable routine.

You’ve tried willpower before and it’s failed you. You’ve set resolutions an you’ve let them go. You thought you were going to lose all that weight last time. Let’s “stop the insanity” and do something different so you can get different and better results.

Forget about willpower. It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up to easily.

So, what is your why? You’ve got to have a reason if you want to make significant improvements to your life And to make you want to make the necessary changes, your why must be something that is fantastically motivating—to you. You’ve got to want to get up and go, go, go, go, go—for years! So, what is it that moves you the most? Identifying your why is critical. What motivates you is the ignition to your passion, the source for your enthusiasm, and the fuel for your persistence.

The power of your why is what gets you to stick through the grueling, mundane, and laborious. All of the how’s will be meaningless until your whys are powerful enough. Until you’ve set your desire and motivation in place, you’ll abandon any new path you seek to better your life. If you’re why-power—your desire—isn’t great enough, if the fortitude of your commitment isn’t powerful enough, you’ll end up like every other person who makes a New Year’s resolution and gives up too quickly and reverts to sleepwalking through poor choices.”

If you need help finding your why or executing your how, this is where I come in.  I’m ready to help when you’re ready to commit.


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Written by: Maria Brezler

Maria Brezler has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for the past 15 years.