In May of 2019, I wrote, “Why are we doing this anyway.” The post covered the importance of doing what you can to remain functional, not only for your life satisfaction but for those around you.
What this post missed was the process of finding the why. Unless forced, few people ever spend the time thinking about why they are doing what they do daily. It usually takes a skilled person to guide you through this process. It also takes intention by you.
Most everyone knows that health and fitness are essential. People can say the words. But their actions do not reflect their words.
There are many exercises to help people see the discrepancies. Seeing is the first step.
One of my favorite exercises is writing down the five most important things in your life on the left side of a piece of paper. For most, this is easy. But surprisingly, for a fair number of people, this is very hard. The younger the person is, the more challenging it seems to be for some.
Once you have your list, then write down your daily routine on the paper’s right side. The next part you probably guessed is to compare what you value on the left to what you do on the right.
This exercise is eye-opening. Some need help in seeing the alignment on the two lists. Sometimes it does match up, just not in a transparent way. For the man who writes down his wife and kids as what he values the most, and then spends 12 hours a day at work, Initially, this looks off, but it does match up. Work is essential. It provides security for the family.
Health and fitness should be on everyone’s list, and frequently it isn’t. My argument is if you don’t have your health, you can’t protect anything else on your list.
The five things that you value the most in this world are your just cause. The five things should be your real motivation in everything you do. If six-pack abs are on your top five, I will encourage you to dig deeper.
Do this exercise today. What are the five most important things in your life? What does your daily schedule look like? Do they match up?
What is your just cause?
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