What's Your Purpose?
ByMost people can tell me what their top five to 10 fitness, weight loss or health goals are. But when I ask them why, it can be a little harder for them to answer. on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:20 PM
I always try to get my clients to think about why they are trying to accomplish their goals. If you do not have the “why,” then you do not know what your purpose is.
You need purpose in order to develop a clear plan of action.
If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, I want you to really think about why losing those 10 pounds is so important to you. Is it because you no longer look forward to summer because you dread putting on a bathing suit? Do you stop doing the things you enjoy because you “feel fat”?
Think about the motivation for your goal. Then think about how the things you want to change are affecting your life, your moods, your daily activities, your loved ones, and your feelings of self-worth.
You want to lose 10 pounds because you deserve to feel good about yourself and enjoy a confident day at the beach. You want to lose 10 pounds and keep it off because you are sick of not keeping your promise to yourself to be your best you. That is your purpose.
Let me share my story about purpose.
After winning “overall” in the March 2010 NPC bikini competition, I had several experiences in the bodybuilding industry that opened my eyes to competitors’ use of drugs, fat burners and other harmful substances.
It’s disheartening when you train so hard as a drug-free athlete to find that others are taking a short cut. But, rather than let someone else’s personal decisions affect my life, I decided to let my passion for being a drug-free athlete drive me!
I hear many competitors complain about the unfair playing field in the sport of bodybuilding. I realized I couldn’t control others or change what goes on in the industry. I was better off doing what I loved to the best of my ability, and not focusing on what I don’t care for.
I always loved competing, but I knew I had to work to understand my purpose for continuing. I realized that it was to spread my message by practicing what I preached and inspire people to do healthy competitions.
That lit a fire under me to compete in a drug-free association to represent those of us who choose to keep our bodies chemical-free.
I always said that I would be most honored to earn my Pro card with a drug-free organization, and that is just what I did. In 2011, I went home with a Pro win as a drug-free athlete at INBA.
The idea that you bring about what you think about was in full effect that day!
Purpose will drive you in life. It will stick in the back of your mind as you go about achieving your goals. And it will give you reason to do so.
So my best advice to you is: live with purpose. You’ll see amazing changes in your world when you do.