What Is Your Why – Finding Time & Motivation

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MotivationNo more excuses. You’ve signed up to do an obstacle course race and now is when you should start training. If you haven’t signed up for one, do it now.

Unless you have small kids, work multiple jobs, you have time. Even in those circumstances, you have time, you just need to prioritize it.

Less television. Less wasting time on Facebook.

Do you want to be known for how many shows you binge-watched on Netflix or something else? I’m hoping something else.

Watch one hour less of television at night and wake up an hour earlier. It’ll take a few days to get used to it, but if you want to be known for something other than Netflix watching you’ll put in the effort.

Make it easier. Schedule the time on your calendar. Go to sleep with your gym clothes on. Plan your workout routine ahead of time. Picture the route you want to run in the morning.


What’s your motivation? Start with why. What are your whys? Write down three. Seriously write them down. Then email me or leave a comment below with your whys.

Not sure what your why is? Let me tell you about mine.

Initially, it was to finish a Spartan Super – 8+ miles (turned out to be 12) and a whole lot of obstacles. If you haven’t signed up for a race, do it now. It doesn’t have to be a Spartan or a Tough Mudder. Find something local and start there.

But why?

More than just to finish an obstacle course race, I wanted to get in shape and lose some weight. I wanted to not need my medications and I didn’t want to deal with asthma, heartburn and gout anymore.

Beyond that.

I wanted to do it for my family. The direction I was going lead me to see more doctors for health conditions only senior citizens struggled with. Or at least, that’s what I thought. I want to be around for my family for decades. I wanted the energy to keep up with my son. I wanted to be a role model for him as he grows up. I wanted him to see me exercising, running crazy races and not just sitting on the couch eating ice cream. I wanted to be a protector for my family.

Today, figure out your whys. Take sometime. Really think about them.

Do The Work

Now it’s time to do the work. There’s no way around it.

It’s time to get up when everyone else is sleeping to go for a run. Or go to the gym when all of your friends are watching the latest so-called hit network television show.

Or do you want to be average? Next time you go someplace public, take a look around. Far too many people are carrying around extra weight. Far too many people have problems sitting up, standing straight and walking a few yards. Do you want to be like them? Everyone is fighting their own fight, but today is your day to do the work.

Again. There’s no way around it. You have to do the work. Set your alarm. Pick out some music that will motivate you and get to work.

Further resources:

Do The Work by Steven Pressfield.

Spartan Up by Joe De Sena