We all have a purpose, or at least we should do. Why do you do what you do? This is something we commonly consider when it comes to our careers or we think about when we look in the mirror on a Monday morning when we wish we could stay in bed! It’s something that we don’t tend to consider too often when we set our goals.
The most common goals people tell me about are weight loss, get fitter and get rid of the flabby bits. Some will have a genuine reason for making a change, some will even have a holiday or event to motivate them but the majority don’t, they just know they need to make a change, even if it is just to feel more confident and feel better about themselves again.
Way Of Life
Exercise, eating better etc should be a way of life rather than for short term gain to truly make a life-changing difference but it’s useful to have a goal to get us started and a purpose behind it. What’s prompting you to want to start exercising? What point did you get to to prompt you into making a change? Why do you want to make a change? How will your life improve as a result? There are lots of questions we can ask ourselves but knowing the reason why is important.
Let me tell you about my purpose. My main goal in 2017 is to run a sub 3hr 15 minute marathon in order to qualify for a Good For Age place in the 2018 London Marathon. You can read about my progress here. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do partly to prove that you can achieve anything at any age. My main purpose though is much more meaningful. In August, it will be 20 years since I first developed a back problem, where I experienced muscle spasms the length of my back and was signed off work for 4 weeks. During that time off, I entered the London Marathon and it was that day in April, 1998 that changed my life. That event gave me so much satisfaction and confidence and also gave me the desire to help inspire others to go after the things they previously could only dream of. If I could do it, anybody could. If that day hadn’t happened, I’m not sure where I would be now or what I would be doing and I can say for certainty that I wouldn’t be writing this post now. I wouldn’t have had the courage to change my career and study to get into fitness.
Going back to London next April would be a dream for me but I know that getting through the ballot is so much harder now than it was back then and so working harder in training to earn my place would be so much more meaningful to me. I no longer experience back pain like I did back then thanks to everything I’ve learned throughout my career in fitness and now nothing makes me happier than being able to help others recover from things that have been holding them back.
When you think about your goals now, what’s your purpose for achieving them? What would you like to be able to do that you struggle to just now? How would you like your life to be compared to now? It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change career but the journey often leads you to discovering a passion for something you would never really have considered before.