What is the purpose for what you do? No seriously, I mean it. Analyze everything you do and why you do it. Why do you go to the gym and jog on the treadmill for 30 minutes 5 days each week? Why do you attend those Zumba or BodyPump classes at your local group fitness studio? Why do you take a rest day or two between heavy lifting days?
As you can tell I am approaching today’s training topic in an unconventional way. I am not explaining how to do a particular exercise or how to incorporate a new training technique into your current program. Rather I want us to focus on the question, ‘why’?
I am a firm believer that it is not only important to train your body, but your mind as well. You must train your mind to constantly challenge the way you do things and the reason you do them. Every action you take should be in the pursuit of a specific goal, otherwise it is a waste of your time and potential.
So I’ll ask you again, what is the purpose for what you do? If you don’t have a solid answer for this oh so important question than I recommend you take a step back to analyze what your goals really are. If your goal is to have fun doing what you are doing and you are in fact having fun doing that thing than congratulations, you have found your purpose! After all, it is very important to have fun and enjoy what you do, otherwise life just becomes mindless work.
However, when you have very specific goals to better yourself it is critical for you to analyze the reasoning for every action you take, and of course to stray away from bad habits that will keep you from your goals. As an example, the action I take 3 days every week is to set my alarm for 5 o’clock AM, go to my apartment complex’s gym, take 45 minutes to an hour lifting weights and performing mobility exercises. Why do I do this? Because working out early in the morning before my work day makes it much easier for me to get my exercise in so I don’t have to worry about it when I get home from work. Also, working out for at least 45 minutes gives me enough time to complete the very specific workouts I made for myself so I can gradually build up the strength I need to get better at climbing and other types of movement control.
The point is that in order to reach your goals you must actively work towards them, fine tune every action you take, and make progressions every day. By creating a road map with steps along the way it becomes much easier to live out your purpose. So take the time to research the best ways to reach your goals, schedule out days and times to go to the gym, and commit to your self-made appointments.
Answer these questions to begin purposeful training:
- What is the purpose for what I am doing?
- Is it what I want or need to be doing to reach my goals? Do you enjoy what you are doing?
- How do I adjust what I am doing so I can reach my goals?
- Make adjustments and plan.
- Are the adjustments I made a part of a purposeful and specific plan?
- How do I best implement my plan so I can most efficiently reach my goals?
- Have I taken the specific actions necessary for me to progress towards my goals?
- Am I legitimately progressing towards my goals? Be real with yourself.
- Am I working daily to make progress?
- How can I work even harder to progress towards my goals?
To come full circle, the purpose of asking yourself these questions is to train your mind in a way to effectively train your body. If you know why you are performing a specific movement or exercise than you will know how to get to the end result of what you want to achieve. This applies not only to exercise and healthy living but also to an overall way of life. Don’t be afraid to challenge your mind and the world around you by asking ‘why’.
Please feel free to comment why you do what you do and the steps you take towards your goals on a daily basis. Be purposeful physically and mentally on your pursuit to living Happily Ever Healthy!