Find your why
If you know your “why” you can tolerate any “how”. The drive to do what needs to be done comes from a clear vision of why you are doing it. If you are looking to make a major change, it will most likely take several smaller changes or actions over a significant amount of time. Lasting changes take time and you will need to have discipline on the days motivation just isn’t there.
Take time to write down what it is you want. Goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be healthy” are too broad. What does weight loss or being healthy mean to you? Does it allow you to participate in more physical activities? Does it mean you will feel more confident to try new things? Everyone is different, and you need to identify the reasons why you want to make a change. What will your life be like as a result of losing weight or getting healthy?
Reasons help you get through the days when things get hard. Reasons reap results by reminding you why you are doing what you need to do. Reasons reap rewards because you know why you are putting in the work. These reasons make clear why you should stay on track.
Once you know your reasons, you develop a plan and a back-up plan. Life happens, and you need to be flexible but also keep yourself accountable. Working with a coach can help you develop a plan and learn the skills necessary to adapt or create new plans in the future. Change is only possible by making a change and finding your why is the most important step to set you up for success.