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Why You Need a Big “Why”

Posted: January 02, 2015

2015 is almost here. Have you taken a look back to see what went right or wrong for you in 2014? Have you set some new goals for the New Year?

While you can set goals anytime, it’s kind of nice to get a fresh start as the year rolls over. So let’s get to it. What’s the biggest  thing you want to accomplish? How badly do you want it? What are you willing to give up to make it happen?

In the end, it really comes down to your total commitment to your goal. There’s a reason why they call them New Year Resolutions. You’ve got to be resolute. You are resolved to do it, whatever it takes.

Here’s where a lot of people fall short. They “kind of” wanted it, were “kind of” committed, and “kind of” hope they’ll do it. But that’s not a recipe for success. Anything you “kind of” want will just fall by the wayside when other “more pressing” issues come along. Trust me, they’ll come along.

That means you need a big reason, or what a life coach might call your “Why.” Your “Why” determines your commitment to the task. Your “Why” has to be bigger than any potential obstacle. And your “Why” is what keeps you going toward your goal.

According to noted author, Max Lucado, “Until your “Why” is big enough, you’ll never stick with the what.” Put another way, if you don’t want it bad enough, you won’t do what needs to be done.

One example might be someone who’s thought about stopping smoking and losing weight for years. But then after some problems, the doctor says “Quit smoking and lose 40 pounds, or you’re going to die!” That’s a big “Why.” It’s extreme but you get the idea. You’ll probably find a way.

Big goals take big action, and they usually have a big “Why” behind them. So what is your New Year’s goal, and perhaps more importantly, what’s your “Why”?

Some people who have figured out the “Why” are our Biggest Losers. Crystal Kirby finished first, losing 2.3 lbs and 1.0% of her body weight. Amber Baldwin came in second, losing 1.8 lbs, and Sandy Sherer was third, losing 1.0 lb.

In a holiday season, with lots of distractions and pitfalls, these three not only maintained, but lost weight. Great job.

May you all have a blessed and productive New Year! Why not?