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Do you ever stop to think about why you do the things you do?

Or, do you live your life on auto-pilot, and just sort of coast through your days, doing the things you do because they’re habit and it’s what you’ve always done?

Now, of course there are some things you do simply because they’re necessary.  Things like brushing your teeth, using the restroom, driving to work, drinking when you’re thirsty, eating when you’re hungry and so on.

It doesn’t really take much thought, or emotion, to motivate you to do these things.  Hell, most of them happen without any thought or motivation.

Who hasn’t been stuck in rush hour traffic and had to pee so bad they were sure they’d bust before making it home?

It sucks… Peeing your pants wasn’t even cool when you were 5.

Once you got home you didn’t need to put any thought into why you were taking a piss.  At that point it was pretty much automatic and very much necessary!

And, I’d bet a weekend getaway with Sofia Vergara that, at some point, most of you have been so tired you couldn’t keep your eyes open, no matter how hard you tried.

This wasn’t something that required for you to ponder why you were doing it.  Your body was simply so exhausted that your eyes closed themselves.

But, there are also a lot of things you do, a lot of actions you take, that are provoked by thought and fueled by emotion.  These types of things require a decision to be made.  And, when you decide to do something, it means you’ve put at least a little thought into why you’re doing it.

So, why do so many people just “workout” without considering WHY they’re doing it?

You see, I firmly believe that in order to maximize your potential, achieve real results and make dramatic changes to your body, you need to identify and fully understand WHY you want to build a great physique.

In the post “Do you want a great body or not” I told you to find your reasons for training hard to build a better body.  Your reasons are what will keep you pushing forward, when others would quit.  Your reasons will help you find the courage and inner strength to do what’s necessary to achieve success!

The best way to find your reasons is to think about why you want to build muscle, lose fat and make dramatic changes to your body.  This will help you understand why you’ll do what it takes to get RESULTS.

Why in the hell would you drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour, to go running in the cold or do any other hellish form of cardio, when the rest of the world is warm and comfy, still spinning their dreams?

Why would you fight through rush hour traffic after a long day at work, only to get to the gym to lift heavy objects, instead of heading home to the couch for some television and relaxation?

Why would you say “no” to pizza and beer when all of your friends are eating, drinking and having a blast?

If you don’t know the answers to why you would do these things, and you plan on having a great body, you’d better figure them out…

Every day people decide they want to “get in shape”.  They join a gym and start “working out” and “eating right”.

I know… that’s a lot of quotations and it’s annoying.  I’m going somewhere with this… I promise.

So, with only a very vague idea in mind, they start working out without really knowing why they’re doing it.  They don’t know why they’ve given up their favorite foods.  They don’t understand why they’re exhausting themselves in the gym after a hard day of work.

They don’t know why they’re pushing through the mental discomfort of being the new, “out of shape” person in the gym or living with tired, sore muscles all of the time.

Some of them last a week, some last a month and others actually make it several months.  But, whether it takes a week, a month or six months, all too often they eventually give up and quit. 

They don’t persevere because they never really understood why there were doing any of it in the first place!

You don’t want that to happen to yourself.  I don’t either.

If you’ll put in the effort, and take the time, to understand exactly why you’re striving to get what you want, you’ll be a helluva lot more likely to do whatever it takes to achieve your goal.  That’s because you’ll be emotionally connected and begin to want it badly.  It’s powerful because it’s meaningful to you.

You’ll discover what determination is and you will not quit, even when shit gets tough!  This is as true in “real life” as it is in the gym.

So, if you don’t know your reasons and understand why you want a better body, I encourage you do to this…

Go somewhere quiet, where you can be alone.  Sit down and think about why you go to the gym, why you eat right and why you want a great body.  I highly suggest for you to get a notebook, write these questions down, and answer them as honestly as you possibly can.

Being completely honest with yourself is the only way you’re going to find the answers that will help you change your body and life.

The answers to these questions are your vehicle, to get you where you want to go, towards the physique of your dreams.  I would look at them often; first thing in the morning, all throughout the day, and before bed at night.

Use what fits your goals.  If you’re not concerned with building muscle size, don’t worry about that question.  If you just want to get strong, and could give a damn less about abs, focus on that question/area.

The key is to find what is important and meaningful to YOU.

Answer these questions and you’re taking a MASSIVE step towards achieving the body you’ve always wanted.

  • Why do you want to build muscle?
  • Why do you want to get stronger physically?
  • Why do you want to lose fat and get in better shape?
  • Why do you want to get ripped and have great abs?
  • Why do you want to be healthier, more energetic and better looking?

Now, let’s dig even deeper…

  • How will building bigger muscles make you feel about yourself?
  • How will getting physically stronger help you?  Will it also help you get mentally stronger?  Emotionally?
  • Do you want to live a long, healthy, happy life and have more time to enjoy with your wife/husband/children/family and loved ones?  If you take better care of yourself physically, will that make you able to do more for them?
  • Would you do a better job at work/in your career if you had more energy and felt better?  If you were stronger mentally, and your mind was clear, would you perform better?
  • Would you be treated differently by others, with more admiration and respect, if you had an amazing physique?
  • Would you find it easier to talk to, and attract, a partner?  Would it help you find the mate you’ve been looking for?
  • Would taking control of your health and fitness improve your life?  Would it provide you with more energy, ability, enthusiasm, discipline, determination and confidence?

I can’t answer these questions for you.  Neither can anyone else.  You’re gonna have to look inside your own mind, heart and soul to come up with the answers.

Make no mistake, out of all the exercises you could do in order to build a great body, this is one of the most important. 

Take it seriously, dig deep and be very honest with yourself.

When you do, you’ll understand exactly WHY you want a great physique and you’ll be willing to do everything it takes to get it.

You’ve heard the old saying “Where there’s a WILL there’s a WAY”.

That’s true….  But in order to find your “WILL” you need to understand your “WHY”.

What about you guys?  Why do you go to the gym?  What are your reasons for pushing yourself further and harder every day?  Why do you want a great body?  I’d love to hear all about YOUR reasons why!!!