Why, How, and What

My husband and I actually went to church on Sunday.  We plan to go every Sunday unless we are out of town or sick.  It’s a new year! We love our church and our pastor is phenomenal.

Sunday he talked about having a vision.  A clear vision and a “why.”  I talked about having a “why” a few weeks ago when I first started talking about setting goals.  Clearly define WHY you want to lose weight so you have a vision.

Have you ever asked someone, “Why they want to do something” and they answer, “I don’t know?”

Which road should I take?  Where do you want to go?

Drives me nutso.  There must be a reason. You don’t just go about life without a reason as to WHY you do things.  If you do, chances are you aren’t going to be successful.

A vision is WHY you want to do something.  To see WHY I want to lose weight this year, check out THIS post.

After you know WHY you want to do something, then ask yourself, “How am I going to accomplish this?”

That is when you set specific, measurable goals.

In order to do all the “Why’s”, I will track my points, exercise, drink water, and not eat sweets.  Pretty specific, right?

Finally, comes the generality of “What are you going to do?”

Well, I am going to lose weight, duh!

Within the “what” category is “What do you want to do with your life?”  Do you have a clear vision about where you want to be this time next year?  Do you have a clear vision where you want to be in six months?  Do you have a vision as to where you want to be in a month?

I do.

In a month, I want to be down 9 pounds so I can win the DietBet I joined.

In 6 months, I would like to give myself a birthday gift of being 100 pounds down.

In a year, I want to be at Weight Watchers goal.

Do I have a vision?  Yes.  Do I have a How?  Check.  Do I have a why?  Yep.

Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.  But happy is he who keeps the law!”  You MUST have a vision in life or you are going about without purpose!


Now, I am asking you to write down your why, how and what.  Clearly define your future and your vision for the next year.  I challenge you to do this and then share it with someone else.


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  • Angela@Honey I Shrunk the Mom

    Yes! I did something similar earlier this month with a 36 in 365 list http://honeyishrunkthemom.blogspot.com/2013/01/36-in-365.html. I didn’t include the “Why?” but I did make a plan. I may go back and rethink my list with “Why?”. Great idea!

  • http://twitter.com/PrayersNApples PrayersNApples

    totally off beat: but i was watching The West Wing last night (yay netflix!) and the whole episode everyone was having the hardest time answering the question, “Why do you want to be president?” – so i guess even the big wigs (or at least the ones that play them on tv lol) have trouble with the same thing! :) also: LOVE your alice pic!! :)

  • Tanvee

    I totally agree with you..I always need a why? how and what..I think I can’t do anything if I don’t have a very specific why..without a Why..I’m usually blank

  • http://twitter.com/WorkoutMuzkDiva Workout Music Diva

    Amen! Great thoughts and a true word!