Good Morning FITTFamily!
Did you ever know that you have played a major part in the success of GoodFITT Personal Training & Wellness Services? Did you know that I can honestly say I owe you one BIG TIME?
I bet you didn’t know that you are part of my ‘why’.
WHY ASK WHY?
On the board of my class on Monday evening, I left a statement for everyone to consider: My ‘why’ for 2016 will be…because…
One person caught on and saw the question but she didn’t ask any further. It could have been that she was so focused on what the workout of the day was that it slipped her mind…kind of like how it must slip your mind sometimes. You may even wonder why I post blogs about these things.
There’s a reason…and there’s always a reason…may not be one that bears much weight on you but answering it truthfully may open you up to success. Allow me to elaborate.
YOUR WHY BEGINS AND ENDS WITH YOUR MINDSET
Throughout my short career as a personal trainer and lifestyle coach, the question “why” has been one that is asked by many and many are told to ask themselves. Once you understand the point, it’s quite simple to grasp: if you do not have a real reason “why” you are doing something, what you are doing will not stand solid.
That right there must have been the realest thing I’ve ever learned thus far.
Your “why” has to be that force that you create that is so powerful, nothing and I mean nothing can knock it down. Even if it does get a little bit of a beating, it doesn’t just fade away and disappear. It stands its ground within you and is evident to everyone else that sees you that you have a reason, a purpose, and you’re taking action to make that happen.
We all have the ability to establish a “why” but that is affected by another factor: Commitment
HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU TO YOUR “WHY”?
Whenever I hear someone say, “Kareem, I can’t do that because…” it absolutely drives me nuts! And I shouldn’t let me affect me in such a way but I compare it to using foul language (although I don’t condone it, I would rather someone call me an expletive and complete the task rather than tell me they can’t). I would rather that you just are honest and say that you don’t want to do something instead of you can’t…because the truth is you can! But either you don’t want to possibly out of fear that you will be required to do it again.
See, here’s where the why-commitment-connection occurs: if you are committed to your why, you wouldn’t say that you can’t; you would ask yourself how could you do it, thus opening the way for possibilities to flow through. Having this mindset separates the people who make it happen from the people who watch people make it happen.
Which one will you be?
HOW DO EXTERNAL FACTORS AFFECT YOUR WHY?
As the saying goes, we are products of our environment. If the 5 closest people we are surrounded by are individuals who have a “why” or a sense of one, we will naturally fall in line. But, surround yourself with excusers and non-committers and guess what we become – just like them! Granted, in every situation it’s not like that but majority of the time, their attitude and outlook rubs off on us in little ways that can eventually lead to bigger ones.
What to do? Find people who will push you. Work alongside people who will make you stretch the distance and keep moving forward. Learn from individuals who once thought how you thought, who were once non-committed but have since adjusted their view of themselves and their “why” which has lead to success.
SET YOUR “WHY” FOR 2016…BUT TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
So friends, what will you do for next year? The 16th season is soon to be upon us so we have time to establish things to look ahead to. Of course, we don’t want to waste time. The more we think ahead to what we’re going to do next, the more ready, willing, and committed we will be to make these adjustments happen right away.
Don’t wait until Monday to do it – do it now. Don’t wait for the “right opportunity” to start because it never comes. Besides, the best situations stem from unexpected ones. Make the most of these last 31 days and get set for a great year to come.
Until next time…
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years