Too many times in life, people focus on the HOW to get things done. Throughout the Bible, you see people questioning God about HOW they were going to accomplish something. Moses made excuses in Exodus 3 & 4 HOW he would overcome his shortcomings and the extremity of his situation. He could not fathom HOW he could go to Egypt and set the people free. He was focused on the wrong thing.
The next few articles will be focusing on the W’s, not the HOW! Yes, WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY. A friend of mine once told me, ‘When the intent (why) becomes clear, the mechanism (how) appears!” Until you decide to do something, and the decision to do something is bigger than the reasons not to do something, the HOW will stop you in your tracks!
Today, I start with an important question: What is your WHY?
During a recent SLI Bootcamp, I asked a trainee, “What is your WHY?” He didn’t know what I was talking about!
When I was 460 pounds, the reasons NOT to lose weight outweighed the reasons TO lose weight. I was stuck! What was the benefit I got from being 460 pounds you ask? Well, I got to eat anything I wanted! I never had to sweat and work hard! I got to take it easy and relax. Then one day, everything changed. My daughter walked in and said, “Daddy, you are my hero!” I felt great!
Then she said. “I want to be just like you when I grown up! I want a belly just like yours.” I was mortified! How could I sit on the couch eating food when my daughter’s very life was at stake! Not just mine, but my entire family! That was an awakening! That was the day I found my WHY.
I was angry. Yes, ANGRY! Anger is a God given emotion. It isn’t bad. What you do with it is what counts! Rage is a bad way to handle anger. Motivation is a great way to handle it. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “What is wrong with you? If she wanted to be like you, then you had better be what you want her to be!” I then saw the type of role model I was being to my family. Everything changed.
Did I immediately lose the weight? Nope. But I did begin the long process of dealing with my issues and finding my journey to lose weight! It could have been anything, but it was The Biggest Loser.
What is your WHY?
What has God called you to be, and what excuses are you making to not be it? With Moses, he was a sheep herder, not of eloquent speech, and they surely wouldn’t believe him! He was focused on HOW he was going to set them free. Not on WHO God had created him to be, and most of all, his WHY!