CrossFit is hard. Running a marathon is hard. Staying dedicated towards pursuing a goal is hard. To be able to stay focused and put in the work day after day to accomplish something is to hard just to be doing it for the hell of it. You have to have a reason. You have to be able to ask yourself “Why am I doing this?”, and you have to give yourself an answer. Because if you don’t it’s to easy to rationalize yourself out of it.
It can’t be an answer that’s lazy or part of the crowd. It has to speak to who you are as a person, and be for yourself. Starting something because your favorite Instagrammer, or YouTuber, or other influencer started it isn’t gonna do anything for you because they have their own reason for doing what they are. So when you have that first question of doubt, that very common question of “why am I doing this?”, comes around you won’t have a reason to push it off with an answer. At least not one that’s satisfactory.
The answer to why is going to be different for everyone, as it should be since we’re all different people. Generally being healthier is fine to think of, but it’s a deeper underlying reason than that. Maybe to be able to play with your kids or grand kids. Possibly being more comfortable going out with your friends to the beach and not being self conscious of how people see you. It could also be proving to yourself what you’re capable of. Validating what you can do in your own head.
Casually pursuing a goal is fine, but chasing after something takes a reason. You have to know why you are going after what you are, and not lose sight of it. Talk with yourself about what you want and why you want it. Know your why.