Let me ask you a question. Do you know more about diet and exercise than your body would indicate at the present moment? When I ask that question to my audiences, people nervously giggle. That’s because while we know what we’re supposed to be doing we don’t always stay motivated to do it, do we?
Why is that? Excuses abound. Does it costs too much? Too complicated? Not enough time? Too much hard work?
What’s Missing? How can We Move from “Knowing It” to “Doing It”?
When I speak to companies and conventions about REBOOT – how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity, I use the word REBOOT as an acronym for 6 distinct steps. The first “R” is Respect the Science because there are still a lot of misconceptions about the science behind how we get the energy to fuel our body, our emotions, willpower, motivation, productivity, health…well, everything!
- People still focus too much on the length of time to sleep, rather than how to get quality sleep
- Or they count calories rather than looking at food as fuel…and finding out the best way to fuel their body – eating those calories at the right time of the day
- Or thinking that they need to go to the gym for hours at a time for best results. And, then getting burnt out on that schedule – and then doing nothing.
I talk about all this science in so many of my videos on my YouTube channel (@GoDrJo).
Goals Help to Stay Motivated…But Only Short-Term
But today I want to focus on the second step which is “E”. Before I tell you what that stands for, let me ask you a couple more questions that lead into understanding the E:
- Have you ever lost weight for a wedding, reunion or perhaps a summer vacation?
- Have you ever successfully run a race after you signed up for it?
Do setting goals help you achieve your health and fitness objectives? Of course, they do. But, E does NOT stand for Establish a goal.
Why not? Because what happens after the event? Are you laughing again? Did you gain that weight back shortly after those wedding pictures were posted? Did you stop running after you ran that race?
I’m guessing, that once you no longer had that goal, weren’t able to keep it up. How do we stay motivated long-term?
How Can We Stay Motivated Long-Term?
“E” Stands for ESTABLISH Your Life Purpose – the reason you get out of bed every morning. Your reason for living. Because once you know your purpose (and it’s tied into your health), then your health/weight/wellness goal is not as difficult. A strong purpose is always in the back of your mind so it easily drives every single decision towards your goals – and you stay motivated.
My purpose is to “inspire busy people to stay energized, healthy, and sane…while maintaining close personal relationships with the people I love.” So, staying young and active is important. I want to be able to get on the floor and play with the grandkids, play ball with them as they age, and so much more. It’s important not just to write your purpose, but to keep it top-of-mind everyday. You’ve got to be able to ENVISION it as well. I do that by taking weekly tap dance classes with young kids who are half my ago – or younger! There aren’t too many adult tappers!
I invite you to ESTABLISH your life purpose. One that is so strong that it helps to motivate you to easily keep up with health and fitness goals. And, then find a way to ENVISION it, to keep it top-of-mind.
What’s your purpose and how do you keep it top-of-mind? Leave me a note in the comments box!
Need more help to come up with your life purpose? Check out another article – https://www.drjo.com/why-not-doing-what-should-be-doing/