How motivated are you by your health and fitness goals? Are they inspiring you to get off the couch? Do you feel fired up to go to the gym? Losing weight for your cousin’s up-coming wedding or dropping four pants sizes are good goals, but are you passionate about them? So often people will say “Eric, I went to the gym 3 times this week.” That’s great. Was it productive? Did you enjoy it? Is it moving you closer toward your goal? Or did you go just so you could mark it off your list?

This brings us back to the basics of goal setting. Bigger than your health and fitness goal is the WHY of your goal. Like you, I have trained hard and cleaned up my diet for upcoming trips, 5k runs, weddings, etc. Those are good motivators and have helped me to stay focused and get in better shape, but what’s the bigger picture? After you get healthy and fit what are you going to DO with that healthy and fit body? Try a new sport? Maybe teach somebody else how you achieved your goal(s)? If this is getting under your skin, that’s good.

Be passionate about using your body. Test yourself. Enjoy the competition, whether it’s with yourself or with others. Remember, it’s not all about the goal, it’s about striving, aiming and reaching for your goal. It’s the journey, the experience.

In previous posts, I’ve talked about my oldest brother, Ken. He is built like a linebacker, lifts weights like a powerlifter, but also plays doubles tennis. Confused? He definitely breaks the mould. His zest for life is infectious. When we spend time together or talk on the phone I always enjoy hearing about a recent tennis match or weight lifting accomplishment.

If you want to see passion firsthand, I strongly encourage you to watch the London Olympics. The athletes definitely bring the Olympic Creed to life. “The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”