Sports Psychology

Know Your Purpose – Exercise Motivation Starts With You…

He who has a why to live for
can bear almost any how.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Setting goals and achieving them is a noble thing, for sure. Something to be proud of and a great motivator. However, it’s not the same as having a purpose; understanding fundamentally why you do something.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of setting repetitive fitness goals – i.e. lose 5 pounds, squat a personal best, run a marathon, earn a black belt, win a bodybuilding competition. For many, though, the goal they worked so hard to achieve was the only motivation, the driving force behind their actions…and, once obtained, they are no longer inspired to continue.

It’s important to look at the “bigger picture” and envision your success in terms a lifetime commitment.

Knowing your purpose is much more effective. It underpins the very reason you exercise and eat healthy, superseding the multitude excuses we often make. In the past, I, too, fell into the same pattern. My training year-round was not consistent – based more on seasonal sports, a competition or race. I failed to see the “bigger picture” and embrace fitness as a lifestyle.

Everyone has a reason – get healthier; set a good example for your kids; overcome illness or injury; feel more energetic, more alive; or even just wanting to feel comfortable in your own skin…to feel good about yourself from the inside out!

The defining moment for me was after I had my daughter. I realized that being physically fit made me a much happier, healthier mom and more positive, energetic person. I can do more with my child; I have more energy to play games with her; coach her soccer team; and just be actively involved in her life. And for my kid…that means the world to her. 

And putting yourself first – MAKING YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY – is not selfish! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You deserve a better life – everyone does – and that starts with a positive mindset, optimal fitness and good health.

 

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