What is your “WHY”?

imagesEvery day we do this ritual we call life. We wake up, we brush our teeth and bathe and get dressed and go to work and we eat what we eat and sometimes we workout and we go through the motions day in and day out. At the end of the day, sometimes we often wonder, what is it all for?  What are the little things each day that make you want to be your best? What makes you want to get up at 5am? What makes you want to go to work? What makes you want to workout at the gym when you are tired and sore and you don’t want to deal with people?

Frederick Nietzsche, the German philosopher, once said, “He who has a why can endure any how.” Knowing your why is knowing your motivation for doing the things that you do in life. It is the first step toward figuring out how you will achieve your goals. It is the first step toward finding the things that excite you and make you create a life full of passion and drive.

For each of us this is a different answer, but for almost every person the answer lies somewhere in love. For a lot of us that stems initially from God or the power of the Universe or some higher power, but after that where does the love lie? The reason I ask is because for all of us there is a trigger – something that makes us want to be great – not just mundane, not just acceptable, not just good enough. And for each of us “great” means something different. So we have to ask ourselves, what makes me want to be great and what does great mean to me?

So first, why do you want to be your best? Do you want the girls from high school 30 years ago to be insanely jealous of who you turned out to be? Do you want them to envy your new skinny jeans? Well, that can feel good, but that kind of thrill only lasts a moment and then you are left empty once again. You have to dig deep and consider the people and the world that you adore. Do you want to provide your children with a happy childhood that will follow them through life and give them a solid foundation to build a happy, passionate life of their own? Do you want your kids to be proud of the person that you are? Do you want to set an example for your kids to be their best and find happiness? Do you want the people you know and love to know that you are strong and they can count on you if they need help? Do you want to help others? Do you just want the satisfaction in your heart that you have done your job well?

images (3)Some people might think that a workout at the gym is just a time to mindlessly walk or jog  or curl weights and think about what you have left to do in your day. I think time in the gym can and should be all about your why. Many of us don’t want to workout. It’s hard to get going and it sometimes hurts and we are tired and sore and the list goes on and on for why I can not or should not or will not do this thing called working out. However, that’s when you think about your why. Your why will give you the push to get to the gym. Your why can also give you the push you need when you are in the middle of a workout and you just want to quit. Your why will give you the reserves you need to push through and succeed. When you challenge yourself regularly – I mean really push yourself hard, you discover your own ability to tap into reserves of courage and determination you didn’t know you had. When you discover that ability – when you discover that courage and determination inside of you, you face the whole world a little bit differently.

A few years ago I did something I never thought I would do – The Tough Mudder. It was a 13 mile race with obstacles that included crawling through an ice trough, climbing over obstacles and through mud and several other things that sounded incredibly intimidating to me. I was finally convinced by friends to try it. There were a few times that I really considered skipping an obstacle or giving up or going home, but my partner (now my business partner) wouldn’t let me. I was really glad because once I finished that race, I felt like I could do anything. I could take on the world and win!

I’ll tell you that the reason I had the guts to take on that race was because of my workouts. After a morning that includes 100 burpees I feel pretty darn indomitable! I can also tell you that that indomitable spirit gave me the strength to make some more very important choices in my life. It gave me the courage to attempt life on my own and open my own business. It gave me the courage to stand up for what I believe in. It gave me my why.

My why is all that I mentioned above. I want to set an example of a positive life well lived and full of passion and joy so that one day my kids will have the  same thing. I want to be there for my parents in their old age as they have been there for me my whole life. I want to make the world a better place. My how is by being the best person I can be – and by helping others do the same.

images (5)Bruce Lee once said, “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”. Come learn how to make it past the plateaus in life. Come find the courage and determination within you. Come join us on our Journey to Extraordinary!

Ellie Bishop Mckenzie
CrossFit Odyssey and Odyssey Martial Arts
6162 Sherry lane
Dallas, TX 75225




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