Goal Setting: Finding Your "Why"

“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” ― Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

I’ve been talking a lot about operation #ShredThatDadBod on my personal Instagram and Facebook. While this is something I’m doing for myself and my family, I think a lot of our members and followers on social media can relate to my journey. Before I share my experience, I want to make sure people understand the “why” that drives me.  

Becoming a parent changes you. I’ve only been a father for 8 months, but I already see that my behavior will help shape the person my daughter becomes. I remember my parents being very persistent instilling certain traits in me. Now, one that I hold in very high regard is perseverance.  I believe failure is okay, as long as you tried your best and followed through until the end.  

“Okay… you are going to drop body fat.  Do you really think this is going to make your daughter a better person?” (For those of you that know me, this was said in my “client voice.”)

Reaching this goal will not lead to a “Parent of the Century” award (which is total bullshit because I already have my speech prepared!). The real achievement is setting an example of how I believe life should be lived, and teaching my daughter the importance of perseverance. That’s my “why.”

Now, how does all of this relate to you? Take the time to find a true connection to your goal.  Most people have a “why” that helps them get started, but it’s not powerful enough to prevent them from losing motivation.  

Nobody can stop you if you find the “why” that drives you! What is your, "why?" Post in the comments.

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Real Results Part 1: Goal Setting

Unfortunately it is all too common of an occurrence; people working as hard as they think they should, but still not getting the Results they are looking for. What is wrong and why is this happening? Who can we blame? In all reality there could be a million different factors; you personally slacked, you chose to blaze your own path without any guidance, diet wasn’t properly addressed. Maybe you chose the wrong place **cough** your typical “Box Gym,” aka the “Globo Gyms” of the world **cough**. Could it be a combination of these factors? Of course it can. However, in most cases these factors do not address the root cause of the problem. As Steven Covey says, in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” you must begin with the end in mind.

“If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default.” This advice by Stephen Covey applies directly to the journey toward Real Results. It doesn’t matter how hard you are willing to work, what you are willing to sacrifice, or how much help you have along the way unless you lay the proper foundation. Whether your idea of fitness success is fat loss, muscle/strength gain, reducing aches and pains, or improving overall performance, a few guidelines must be set from the start of the process. This will help to empower yourself and assure you are not blindly working towards your goal. You must have a clear understanding of the following ideas:

1. What is your starting point?