Motivation: Find Your Why

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It’s the beginning of a new year. You’ve set your intentions. You have a plan. You’re feeling motivated. Then, a few weeks in and despite your earnest efforts, your motivation fizzles.

Sound familiar?

Motivation is a powerful energy. It can move mountains. Motivation flows freely from its source: your why. You don’t have to find motivation; you just have to tap into it.

Your why is the force behind forward momentum. It’s the heart and soul of your goals. A good why creates a buzz in your cells that inspires you to take action. Your why needs to be compelling, because let’s face it: change is difficult work.

One of the biggest motivation buzzkills is a misdirected why. If your why fuels a story of unworthiness or inadequacy, it will backfire. For example, if you want to lose weight, but your why is “because I won’t feel worthy of happiness, or love, or success until I lose this weight,” you motivation will quickly wane.

Motivation runs on a deep faith in your potential. Your why needs to connect you to your inherent wholeness, not feed off your perception of lack. Sustained motivation can only come from a genuine belief that what you seek is possible because its potential already exists within you.

As you move forward with your intentions for the new year, take a moment and sit with your why. How does it make you feel? Does it prove your inadequacy or remind you of your potential? Does it weigh you down with obligation or elevate your spirit? When your why connects you to your potential, motivation will carry you straight to your goals.

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