“If you’re not willing to take the actions to change your situation- in other words, if you’re willing to put up with your situation- then whether you like it our not, that’s the life you have chosen.” -Gary John Bishop
Am I willing? Am I unwilling? These two questions can be the force that finally helps you achieve those goals you may have been putting off.
How many times have you set a goal for yourself only to end up failing? It can be frustrating to have a goal for yourself and really want it, but not seem to make it happen. We create a goal, are motivated at the beginning, and then somehow find ourselves back at the starting line. Again. And Again. This sucks.
Back to these two questions. Am I willing? Am I unwilling? (These two questions came from this book.) How can we use these two questions to help us with our goals? We have to ask the hard questions in order to make change happen.
For example, you want to lose that extra baby weight you put on.
Here’s the questions you could ask yourself…
- Am I willing to get up early to exercise?
- Am I willing to sacrifice time with my spouse in order to exercise?
- Am I willing to give up pizza and ice cream in order to achieve my goal?
- Am I willing to give up my TV time to go to the gym?
- Am I willing to make a meal plan, grocery shop, and cook instead of going through the drive through?
Or you could pose the questions this way…
- Am I unwilling to get up early to exercise?
- Am I unwilling to give up pizza and ice cream and chocolate and cookies (you get the idea…)?
- Am I unwilling to give up my TV time in order to sweat?
- Am I unwilling to go through the trouble to buy, cook, and eat healthy food?
Even better, you could declare a statement!
- I am willing to do whatever it takes to lose the weight.
- I am willing to explore other ways of eating so that I can be healthier.
- I am willing to be a good example to my children.
- I am unwilling to live like this for one more day!
Give yourself a gut check!
Asking yourself, “Am I willing to _____?” can really be a gut check. It’s forcing yourself to answer the hard questions about changing your life. Because no change is ever easy. It’s way easier to just curl up on the couch and turn on Netflix than it is to do a pull up at the gym. But asking yourself the hard question, “Am I willing to do what is necessary to change?” can be the tipping point to getting yourself to finally put in the work to achieve that goal.