Losing weight is not easy, and it can be difficult to stay motivated. But having a strong “why” can make all the difference. A “why” is a powerful motivator that can help you overcome the obstacles and challenges you will face on your weight loss journey.
When you have a strong “why,” it gives you a sense of purpose and direction. It helps you stay focused on your goals, even when things get tough. It also helps you stay motivated, even when you don’t see the immediate results you were hoping for.
How do I know my why?
Many of us say we want to lose weight to look or feel better. But is that enough to keep you going to your goal? Usually not. Most of the time we need more of a reason behind why we are losing weight, in order to have the motivation to lose the weight we want to lose.
When determining your why, ask yourself a series of deep questions.
Questions to help you determine your “why”
- What are your top 3 reasons for wanting to lose weight?
2. How will you feel when you have lost this weight?
3. Why do you want to feel this way?
4. When you finally reach your goal, what will happen next? How will life be different?
5. How will you feel if nothing changes? What will you miss out on?
Why does my why matter?
Having a strong “why” is also important because it helps you stay accountable to yourself. When you know why you’re working hard to lose weight, you’re more likely to stick with it. You’ll be less likely to give up when things get difficult.
Moreover, when you have a strong “why,” it makes it easier to make changes to your lifestyle. When you know why you’re making a change, you’re more likely to stick with it. The changes you make will be more meaningful, and you’ll be more likely to see lasting results.
Ask yourself why, and then why, and then WHY!
When determining your why, such as “to feel healthier” ask yourself why again. Why do you want to feel healthier? Perhaps it’s to have the energy to play with your grandkids. So now we want to get healthier to play with our grandkids? That’s a great start, but WHY do you want to feel better and be able to play with your grandkids? Perhaps it’s because you want them to have a better relationship and childhood with their grandparents than you had> Perhaps family time is a huge value for you? Or perhaps you have worked this hard for so long to give them a better life than you had.
Now we’re getting somewhere! Ask yourself why, until you can’t go any deeper.
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Stay on track with your why
Having a “why” or purpose behind your goal is important because it gives you a clear motivation and direction for your efforts. It helps you to focus on the bigger picture and not just the immediate task at hand. When you know your “why” behind losing weight, you will be more likely to stick with your plan and make healthier choices, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. Additionally, having a clear reason for your goal can also provide emotional support during difficult times and can also help to keep you accountable. It can be a source of inspiration and drive that can push you to achieve your goal, even when it seems impossible. Overall, having a “why” helps to give meaning and purpose to your goal, making it easier to stay motivated and on track.
help remove the barriers to weight loss
A strong “why” can help you overcome the emotional and psychological barriers that often accompany weight loss. When you know why you’re doing something, it’s easier to push through the difficult times. You’ll be less likely to give up when things get tough.
Affirmations to help with you why
- I am committed to learning and making a complete and lasting lifestyle change.
- I am ready to make the necessary changes to create the results I want.
- I am done letting my weight control me.
- I am prepared to change what I put in my shopping cart, pantry, and body.
- I am ready to lose weight and participate in the ShiftSetGo program for me.
- I am a priority in my own life.
- I am joyfully achieving my weight loss goals.
In conclusion, having a strong “why” is essential to weight loss success. It gives you a sense of purpose, direction and helps you stay motivated and accountable. It also helps you overcome emotional and psychological barriers that often accompany weight loss, and makes it easier to make changes to your lifestyle. So, take the time to figure out your “why” and let it motivate you on your weight loss journey.
If you are ready to lose weight and have someone help you increase your motivation and find your WHY, schedule a free consult with one of our coaches today!