"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." Mark Twain
"What's your why?" This question came back to visit me once again while listening to my twenty something godson who had recently lost his motivation. As we talked, I saw in him a younger version of myself. I kept hearing the question ringing in my ears. "What's your why?"
If you've been reading my blogs for a bit, you know this is a subject I am very passionate about.
You see, it was not too long ago that I wrestled with the very same question. I was about his age and my dreams had faded with my football career coming to an end. For so long my "why" was hours and hours of training, striving, pushing towards an ultimate goal. Once it was gone, my purpose, my passion and my plan melted before my eyes. I found myself floundering like a fish out of water.
I had lost my "why" and ultimately lost my "way".
Maybe you can relate too. Are you struggling to find your passion, your purpose and your why? Oh, it may not be an "existential crisis" like the one I was experiencing. It just may be your "why" to eat healthy. Or your "why" to exercise. Or your "why" to work. Regardless, I've realized over all these years that finding your "why" can dramatically impact your motivation, your behavior, your habits and ultimately your life.
Now, I'll be honest. Finding your "why" isn't easy work. In fact, it's very challenging. But, like I told my godson and as I figured out. It is well worth the effort.
So I thought over the next few Win Today emails we'd spend our time looking at five steps you can take to find your "why". Five steps to help find your purpose, your passion, your mission and your reason for doing what you do.
So this week, here's your first step:
Look Behind You
Take a deep breath. Picture yourself lying in the soft green grass on a warm sunny day under the shade of a tree. You’re 8 or 9 years old. What are you dreaming of? Now open your eyes and answer these 3 questions:
When you were a child, what did you most enjoy doing?
What did you day dream about?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I'd encourage you to write your answers down in a notebook or journal, as there will be more exercises like this to come and you’ll want to look back at all of your answers as the weeks go on.
As my friends at Voom shared in a recent blog, "Childhood is a magical time, a time when anything seems possible. So looking at your 9 year old self what do you see? We’re all made up of the dreams we had as children, and understanding those dreams will help you understand yourself."
Looking at your childhood is the first step in the journey of finding your buried treasure-your why.
Spend the week remembering your childhood and reminiscing with family and friends.
Here's wishing you a meaningful day and week! Can't wait to share with you next time!
P.S. Shoot me a note on here on Facebook and let me know what you found out about yourself under the tree-what did you want to be when you grew up? ...
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Sean Foy is an exercise physiologist, behavioral coach and coauthor of the New York Times #1 best-seller The Daniel Plan.
“The older you get, the more important it is to not act your age.”– Ashleigh Brilliant
I'm nostalgic. Our eldest son, Joel, turned 21 this weekend!
Remember when you turned 21? Well, it got me thinking about, ok I'll say it, "aging" and not only how fast time fly's by, but also how much we impact our families health, well-being and fitness decisions at an early age.
So I thought I'd share with an oldie but one of my favorite "Burst" move for the entire family.
Check it out and give it a try this week. I promise you, you'll feel younger doing it! :)
Oh, and if you are wondering if I feel older now that I have a 21 year old? Well I would have said, "No" before my wife, daughter and my son's 20 year old friends celebrated last night at "The House of Blues" in Hollywood, watching his favorite performer, "JBoog" (who I had no idea who he was) and surrounded by really young people-(in fact-I only saw one other person in the audience with grey hair and that was when I walked by a mirrored wall!) and we got home way past our usual bed time. But my son really appreciated his parents hanging with him, his 19 year old sister and young friends (as long as I didn't dance too funky!)
So, while we all may be a bit older today, it doesn't mean we have to "act our age" or not step out and have some fun! I learned after last night, while I did feel a "whee bit older" I had an absolute blast dancing, hooping and hollering and I am ever so grateful for the gift of sharing his 21st birthday with him, our family, all the youngsters and the great gift he has been to us! Please don't tell him, but I now have a new fav singer "JBoog"! :)
So go out there and "don't act your age" this week! You'll be glad you did!
Wishing you a great and youth filled week!
Coach Sean ...
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I'm nostalgic. Our eldest son, Joel, turned 21 this weekend! Remember when you turned 21? Well, it got me thinking about, ok I'll say it, "aging" and not onl...
"The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get."—John Maxwell
I recently had a conversation with a very dear friend of mine, who happens to be very successful businessman, great dad, husband and all around incredible human being. We got to talking about, of all things, "Failure". He shared with me how every night at dinner he asks his children, "So what did you fail at today?" He went on to share, "I've taught my kids and I've learned throughout my life, it's when I fail, this is when I am actually stretching myself, growing, pursuing big dreams and learning how to fail forward. I tell my kids, "If you aren't failing, you aren't trying."
WIN TODAY CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:
Ask yourself this question: “What’s one thing I would do if I knew I wouldn't fail?" What would your "one thing" be?
Love to hear what's One Thing you are afraid of and how are you planning this week to learn to fail forward? You may want to talk about it at dinner too! :)
Remember, your best tomorrow, begins today-fail forward!
Have a great week!
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In memory of all the brave men and women who have served our country sacrificing all for our freedom, we thank you. May God watch over those away from their families today and may we honor and salute them in all they have given to us. I hope you have a very blessed Memorial Day and enjoy this reunion as much as I did! Here's to a great day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asrU5Vn3tvw ... View on Facebook