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Finding Your Reason

Over the last 9 years that I’ve been in the fitness industry I’ve met hundreds (probably thousands) of people who have come into my life and gym looking for help.

And over the course of that time I’ve learned one thing…the reason they give for wanting help is never the real reason. 

Everyone always says “I want to get in better shape and lose weight.” But that’s not the reason.

Let’s face it…everyone wants to get in better shape, start exercising and eating better…yet a small percentage actually do. 

So what is your reason? 

A few years back when I first started my business I was meeting with a client and during our initial conversation they mentioned how they wanted to lose weight and get in better shape. Digging deeper I asked the hard hitting question…why?

Why do you want to lose weight? “I want to be healthier.”

Why? “Because I want to look better in my clothes.” 

Why? “So I can do the things I used to do when I was youngerl” 

This went on for about 10 minutes until we finally got to the bottom of it. This person was turning 50 and his father had died at the age of 52 years old and his father had died at 53…both from diabetes and heart issues. 

Now that was his reason…he didn’t want to exercise to lose weight and look better in his clothes. He wanted to live and not become the third generation to die young. 

So I ask you…what is your reason? 

It doesn’t have to be as extreme as my clients example was…but we all have our reason. 

My reason for first starting to workout wasn’t just to get in shape. I was just tired of having no confidence and being pushed around by kids bigger than me in high school. That was my reason and of course through that, it changed my life and has allowed me to help other people find their reason so that they can make a change for the better in their lives. 

Whatever your reason is…hold onto it. 

Never let that reason go. 

When its cold and dark outside and you don’t feel like waking up….remember your reason. 

When life gets in the way and you have to stay late at work…don’t forget your reason. 

Don’t let your circumstances get in the way of your reason.

Find your reason and make that your focus for change. When you do that, you open up a whole new level of motivation that will help you reach your goals…and then some!