What drives you? What made you start the dream? Sometimes we get so focused on what we want, that we forget why we want it. When you forget why you wanted it in the first place, you lose that motivation that you had at the beginning. Think about it: when was the last time you wanted something so bad? One thing I always wanted was a grill. I told my wife all summer long that I wanted a grill. It would be another way to stay healthy and for me to assist my wife in cooking. After several weeks, we decided to get a grill. When I first put it together, I started cooking right away: steaks, burgers, chicken and fish. However, after a while, I lost sight of why I wanted the grill and didn’t upkeep it. It stays outside and out of sight (because I live in an apartment). My wife reminded me the other day of the reason I got the grill. Now I don’t forget and I try to continue to not make waste of what I have and what I wanted.
One major contender as an individual’s ignition to their engine is family. My daughter is now 13 months. She’s at that age where she starts picking up on everything you do. If I chew gum and start to blow bubbles, she watches very carefully and tries to do it as well, even though she does not have gum in her mouth. She tries to mimic what is said, so my wife and I are being very careful with what we say around her because we don’t want her saying bad things or picking up bad habits. Every day I look at her, I think to myself, I am the role model for her. When she gets older, she will want to date someone like me and treat her significant other the way my wife and I treat each other. How do I want her to act? It forces me to raise my standards and show her to never quit. That’s my number one spark to my life.
This week, what I want you to do is reflect. Reflect on the reason you made your New Year’s Resolution; reflect on why you want to go to the gym or go on a diet. Write it down and put it somewhere you will always look, such as the mirror. Don’t lose sight of your dreams. If you forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, then what’s the point of continuing?
Comment below on what inspires you to continue on your goals. What is that ignition to your engine?