An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products. Yet nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.There are many reasons for this disconnect, but one of the most fundamental is the emphasis on "what and how" of maintaining healthy habits and not on "why."
Wellness companies offer myriad products and strategies that promise results. Diet and self-improvement books flood the market every year. Gyms are available on every corner with prices that fit most budgets.
Your personal WhyPower cannot be bought or marketed - it must come from within.
It comes from answering deep questions such as:
Why is your health important to you? How will your life change if it’s limited? How do you want to age?
These questions are fundamental--without this basic knowledge and understanding of our WhyPower we can't successfully manage the "whats and hows." Knowing your personal WhyPower brings emotion and passion into your effort because your why is linked to your values---values that are deeply held beliefs that we feel strongly about and for which we will fight.
When your WhyPower is strong, the difficulty of changing old, unhealthy habits into new and healthy ones will be fueled by passion and commitment.
Here is a short TED talk excerpt that brilliantly describes the importance of WHY: http://bit.ly/1fJPwPe
To your good health!