What makes us different?

One of the more rewarding things from my journey over the last year has been the new friends I have made in the running world. Thanks to Professor Ted Spiker’s Facebook group, The Sub 30 Club, I have found a group of like minded individuals who are both encouraging and motivating at the same time.

I have become friends with several of the people in the group. Two of the gentleman in particular I have bonded with as we have very similar stories. Their blogs can be found here:

http://www.axsomweightloss.blogspot.com/
http://bigandysrunning.wordpress.com/

We’ve done a lot of talking recently about our success and failure in working towards our goals. All three of us feel we have something to offer people but we are not sure what. Sure, we have a story. Each of us has lost 100+ pounds. But do people really want to hear that? Do people really want to hear that it is as simple as watching what you eat and busting your ass day in and out? No, it wasn’t easy and we all admit that. It’s been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, things each of us has ever done. Are people going to be willing to listen?

But more importantly, are they going to be willing to act. I read an article today that struck a cord with me. Was written by a very successful person in the health and fitness field. He says that no matter what your plan is, if you don’t have a “why” behind it, it won’t matter. Any plan you decide to go with is either going to succeed or fail based on the drive you have to work it. If you don’t have that why, that reason to drag your ass out of bed every damn day and do what most people are unwilling to do, then you are just going to be wasting your time.

So what makes us different? The why! It was different for each of us, but each of us had our reasons. And even though we failed dozens of times before, this time that why was strong enough to hold onto so we couldn’t give up even if we wanted to.

So ask yourself, what is your why. Is it strong enough?

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