Knowing WHY can make all the difference in the world.

When making big changes, knowing WHY can make all the difference. | emilylevenson.com

When making big changes, knowing WHY can make all the difference in the world. (Tweet this.)

Over the years I’ve eliminated just about every single food possible in the quest of feeling better. Some days were easier than others, but the ultimate quest for better health and happiness has been a solid anchor to keep me in check.

Of course, my brain gets the best of me and convinces me that it’s okay to have an occasional french fry or helping of pasta with tomato sauce. Even though I know with absolute certainty that it will lead to feeling like shit for a few days after.

It’s worth it for a bite of pasta, I say.

Or, I would happily suffer if it meant I could eat french fries again.

But the truth is, it isn’t and I wouldn’t. I’m miserable when I veer off course. My body knows it. My head even knows it, it just likes to play tricks on me to see how committed I am to my goals.

This time around, I am embarking on a major change in my diet (and life) with the ultimate goal of finding health and happiness. Why? Because the alternative is, quite simply put, miserable.

So anytime my head tries to get me to veer off course, my gut will step in and say: Will this add to your life or take away from it?

While things may feel good in the moment (a heaping plate of french fries or spaghetti with tomato sauce), if it makes me uncomfortable or unhappy in the end, it just isn’t worth it. Anchoring myself in that deep sense of purpose will ultimately lead to my success and happiness.

Discovering YOUR why.

When taking the leap and creating change in your own life, it’s easy to focus on the simple or surface level reasons for creating change. But the deeper you can go, the more likely you’ll be to stick with it.

Here’s how to go deep:

Ask yourself the following question: Why do I want to make this change?

And then ask it again: No, really. WHY?

Keep asking why until you have literally exhausted every single thing you can think of.

You can write it out or you can talk it out with a friend. Both are effective tools for getting to the heart of the matter. And once there, you can use that knowledge to stay motivated when things get tough and feel impossible.

Anything is possible, so long as your willing to put off momentary pleasure for long term results.

 

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

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