You’ve probably heard this phrase before about finding your “why” behind everything you do. It is a very powerful concept to help keep you motivated and put intention and fuel behind the goals you want to achieve.
In this culture we live in today, we are bombarded with images and hidden messages about who we should be and what we should be striving for. Sometimes when we create goals, it’s easy to only focus on extrinsically motivated ones assuming that the world knows what we want. Well I hate to break it to you, but TV, media, and manipulative advertisements DO NOT know what you want. For example: If all the movies you watch contain size 2 women that all look the same, you’ll assume by looking in the mirror that this is the desired look of the culture and that you should strive to look this way to.
Being extrinsically motivated means that we let our outside environment dictate who we should become. I want to encourage all of you to be intrinsically motivated. This means looking within yourself to know what you want and desire in the world. In the process, you will find your “why.”
Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to start your own business? Why do you want to drink a green juice everyday? Why do you want to meditate? These are the questions we should be asking ourselves once the goals have been manifested. Is it because we want more friends? Is it because we don’t look like everyone else and we hate our bodies? Is it because we genuinely want to live a longer life? We want to be financially free? Everyone is doing it?
Acknowledging how your culture, friends, family, and media affect who we strive to be is the first step toward finding your “why.” If we start to look within and drown out the noise we can discover our true meaning behind living a healthier, more fulfilled life.
I want to be an example for all women and young girls to love themselves more and being authentic in the world. I want to live long, love hard, and never apologize for who I am. I want to spread my message to as many people as possible and be a ripple effect through the ones around me.