What’s your ‘why’?
A little motivation can go a long way, but pinpointing what drives you can be a challenge in itself. So how do you find your ‘why’?
OneLife staff writer
We’ve talked about the ‘what’ – the 4 main health risks affecting Australians every year, and the positive steps you can take to get on top of them. But what about your ‘why’?
The force that fuels you
Whether you’re a doctor who pushes herself through shift after gruelling shift, a parent who rises at dawn to catch some meditation time before the day begins, or an elite athlete like David Beckham who was putting his body on the line every game, each of us has a ‘why’. It’s a force that fuels your motivation to live a healthy life.
But pinpointing exactly what it is that’s driving you isn’t always easy. So we’ve looked to a few inspirational figures to help you uncover your ‘why’.
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Finding out what matters most
Previous OneLife contributor Rachel Service – aka The Happiness Concierge – has a great reason for getting to the bottom of your ‘why’. Rachel believes that identifying what matters most in your life can be a powerful way to get motivated every day. And when you’re motivated, you’re not just more likely to see tasks through – you’ll also achieve them with greater dedication, vigour and satisfaction.
Tangible gains and getting comfortable with discomfort
In a recent article for AIA OneLife, former AFL footballer and AIA ambassador Chris Judd discusses the power of working hard for your own self growth. “For me, learning athletics at a young age taught me that if you work hard, you’ll get tangible gains. Doing some training meant I’d see improvements in my running times, and for me, that was a really clear correlation between hard work and results.” Another important ‘why’ Chris picked up while playing childhood sports was learning the value of discomfort – that struggle and unease are important, unavoidable parts of life. Leaning into those feelings and allowing yourself to hold space for them is an incredibly powerful way to strengthen your self-esteem and nourish your personal growth.
Doing it for the ones you love
And then there’s the ‘why’ of legendary soccer player and AIA Vitality Global Ambassador, David Beckham. A man who is comfortable with pushing his body to its limits every day, David’s number one motivator is simple, but deep: his family. And when the legendary athlete visits Australia with AIA this November, he’ll be encouraging more people to unlock their own personal purpose, and discover their ‘why’.
What’s your why?
Everyone has a reason to be healthy. AIA Global Ambassador David Beckham credits his family – “Ever since I became a dad, my kids became my motivation.” What’s your why? Let us know here.
OneLife staff writers come from a range of backgrounds including health, wellbeing, music, tech, culture and the arts. They spend their time researching the latest data and trends in the health market to deliver up-to-date information, helping everyday Australians live healthier lives. This is general information only and is not intended as medical, health, nutritional or other advice. You should obtain professional advice from a medical or health practitioner in relation to your own personal circumstances. The information in this article is general information only and is not intended as medical, health, nutritional or other advice. You should obtain professional advice from a medical or health practitioner in relation to your own personal circumstances.