We spend a lot of time and energy talking about and focusing on our “Why”. This is important, as your “Why” gives reason and purpose to your effort. One popular and successful strategy for finding your true “Why” is known as the “5 Whys”. It is a fantastic way to drill down to deeper meaning and purpose. You simply ask “why?” each time you answer a question. Why do you want to lose 15lbs? To feel better about myself. Why do you want to feel better about yourself? Etc. This may seem simple on the surface, but usually by the fifth “Why” you find a deep and burning desire for something that is not superficial. But what do you do when you find true North and you don’t see a visible path? Have you ever been on a hike and lost the trail? Trying to find a house or business in an unfamiliar town? That feeling of being utterly lost can be overwhelming, causing paralysis before you even set out on the journey. Or you could be on your way, following the path and then come upon an immovable and unavoidable obstacle. Precision Nutrition recently had a great infographic that I think can help a lot of us once we find our “Why” and the know the destination but are unsure of the path. This is how you build the compass, trail map, road to your destination of deep sustainable change. Again, this may seem simple on the surface. And singularly they are simple (and that is great news, simple is doable) but combined they are powerful.
- Simple (told you so): Ask yourself. On a scale of 1-10 how confident am I that I can do this everyday for 2 weeks. 10 being no problem, 1 being as likely as winning the lottery. Aim for 8+.
- Segmental: Break bigger things down into their component parts. Seems simple and trivial. It’s neither. Critical and difficult to do without practice.
- Sequential: Start with “Thing 1”, then do “Thing 2”, then “Thing 3” and so on. Don’t about a problem that isn’t actually holding you back yet. Earn that problem by eliminating the immediate problem.
- Strategic: Leverage your strengths to address the thing that’s immediately in your way. Don’t focus on what you can’t or haven’t done, focus on what has worked and how that can be employed now.
- Supported: Include teaching, coaching, mentorship, and accountability.
*Quick note here: If you are a client at BCS Fitness #5 is the thing we strive the most to provide to you. Take advantage of your coaches, workout partners, structure of the schedule. There is an enormous wealth of support, knowledge, experience, and support available to you, but you have to access it.
**Second note. If you are not a client of BCS Fitness and are looking for coaching, support, accountability we would love to meet with you and discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve your lifestyle and fitness desires.