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The power of why


Clearly defined health goals are more likely to be reached.


Paul O'Brien

Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how’. In my last article I shared the pivotal experience that launched me on the path to health and wellness. Through that one transformative experience, I have since enjoyed a life of health, energy and vitality. Though I frequently indulge and never diet, I have enjoyed a remarkable run of health since my Eureka moment on a Leeds City bus nearly 20 years ago.
To help you choose to find your why, I think it’s important that you become aware of the benefits available from making mostly healthful choices. In my experience those are an absence of illness, increased vitality, less impact of the aging process, a clearer and more focused mind and a feeling of gratitude that pervades most of your life. It’s not a bad list of only some of the benefits available to you.

The starting point
In discovering your ‘why’ – that reason for embarking upon a lifestyle that will take you to optimal health – you first need to know that there will be a cost. There is a price to be paid for success. This is where many people fail. They want the prize but are unwilling to pay the price.
But the gain promised makes that price easier to pay. That promise is a clearly defined goal. As Paul J Meyer, founder of Success Motivation Institute, puts it: ‘If you are not making the progress you would like to make and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.’
When you work from a vague, unclear goal there is simply nothing strong enough to buffer you from the inevitable challenges you will meet along the way. So, at the first sign of difficulty, you simply give up. You may tell yourself that you didn’t want it badly enough. The truth is you simply didn’t define it enough.
A clearly defined goal that is written down, aligned with your core values and reviewed regularly with a mentor will help you clear the obstacles you meet and continue on your way.

The future magnet
A clear goal also acts as a powerful magnet, pulling you toward a more desirable future. Instead of being hamstrung by the failings of the past, you are more attuned to the future you are working to create.
This pull of the future keeps you focused on what you want, not on what you don’t want. To prove this, simply ask yourself how many times you have wanted something but ended up focusing more on the lack of it. I’ll guess it wasn’t a clearly defined goal.

The greatest gift
By far the greatest reward to be gained from clear goal-setting is best summed up by tone of the true pioneers of personal success, Jim Rohn. He states that ‘the major reason for setting a goal is who you become to achieve it’. This is the true gold. To achieve anything of note in your life, you must become the epitome of your desire. If you wish to be successful, you must develop a success mindset. To realize wealth, peace, love in your life, you must become those things before they manifest in your outward reality. In other words, the journey informs the destination. You cannot develop peace whilst travelling a path of anger and resentment. This gift alone, of becoming what you seek, makes finding your why and setting clear goals worth the effort.

Next time: Your goal setting strategy

Paul O’Brien is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise since 2007 and a qualified Life, Health & Nutrition Coach. He is co-owner of Republic of Fitness in Westport. He can be contacted on 086 1674515 or rofstudio@gmail.com.