Find your WHY in Life!
Hi everyone, I’m Shanna-a wife, mom of three kids and the business owner of Shanna Corum Body & Soul. I run an online faith and fitness company from my home. We live in beautiful Colorado where it snows in April and in May! Crazy I know. However, I was born and raised in Texas, which will always have a special place in my heart.
Motivate >> the definition of “motivate” – to provide with a motive or motives, incite. What are your motives?
I want to share with you a few tips that I have learned through my journey on how to stay motivated with my overall physical and spiritually fit journey.
First my power source. I like to recharge and restore my mind, body, and soul with Jesus Christ. He is by far the number one person because he is seated at the right hand of God. He is my Life by Design. He is my creator and I am His Masterpiece…a work of art created by Him. He is praying for me and for you and wants us to achieve great things in life.
So with that, I’m daily in God’s word. This is my number one motive. For me, diving into His word daily, reading scripture or asking the spirit to reveal His message to me is why I’m able to apply the truth in my life. For you, it may be the same or maybe different. You might like worship songs, listening to the Bible online, memorizing verses, or just having prayer time when you are in the car driving.
My second motive is to live a long and healthier life.
What is my why? You probably read that statement before, what is your WHY? When I speak with my team and with my challengers we talk constantly about our whys? We are motivated to succeed by our whys.
Why do we want to become physically fit?
Why do we want to start this fitness journey?
Why do you want to have more energy to do the things that you desire?
You will understand more about me if I share a little about my background with you. I have been been fairly thin for most of my life, except when I was pregnant with my three kids. Yes, I gained 40 pounds with all three of them…And I have the pictures to prove it!
The short version is that I ate what I wanted and when I wanted with very little exercise. I filled my body up with too much junk food, too many diet sodas, too much alcohol and surrounded myself in an unhealthy environment. I became a vegetarian when I was 19 years old and yes vegetarians can be unhealthy too! This caused me to my have several tummy issues.
Fast forward to four years ago. I had to make a mindful decision to change my lifestyle. I had three kids who were seeing me make poor food decisions and they were beginning to pick up some of my bad habits. A habit I didn’t have was exercise. I like to hike I would walk but I wasn’t doing any consistent physical activity. I have a son who has the same metabolism as I have and I needed to understand proper nutrition in order to help him become stronger.
These areas became the foundation of my why. Why do I want to become physically and more spiritually fit?
It became a realization to me that in order for me to change properly I would have to do it from the inside out. I began by looking at my body differently. I use this scripture from 1 Corinthians 6:19. “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” This verse is what helped me to start my journey. I was convicted of how poorly I was treating my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells within me.
I had to change the pattern of my thinking and look at food, nutrition, and physical activity with fresh new eyes!
The second part of my “Why” is that I want to add more years to my life. I come from a family that has history of cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. In January of 2015 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my lower back. Right there that was a game changer for me and I knew I had to adjust my why. I discovered that I could reverse this diagnosis with weight training, proper nutrition, and daily exercise! This is not a choice for me, this is a necessity.
Third, I want to be able to serve others, like my family, my husband, my kids, and others that I minister to with joy, excitement and energy! This is my life! The struggle is real.
In order for me to fulfill the things that I have planned and bring purpose to my life, I have to stay motivated or I will not be able to accomplish these goals.
Every day I wake up with a choice. I could choose to fill my mind with positive energetic productivity or with negativity, excuses, self pity and a poor attitude! We get to Choose the outcome. It is not about others, it is about me taking responsibility of my own ACTIONS. People upset me, or can drive me CRaZY, because I have allowed them the power to do so.. I have the power to stop those actions or thoughts that may come in my mind.
Psalm 84:11 “For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
Let me just tell you the second choice isn’t an option for me and it shouldn’t be an option for you. God did not give us life here on earth for a negative outcome! Our life has a purpose and a meaning that MATTERS!
When you feel frustrated or the enemy tries to attack your mind with doubt or fear >> GO back and take a look of your WHY? Why you started this journey God has you on. Why you want you to make a difference with your HEALTH. Why you want to be able to serve others more. Why you want to LIVE, happier, with more JOY than ever before!!!
Those answers will Keep you MOTIVATED! THOSE WHY’S WILL KEEP YOU FOCUSED EACH AND EVERYDAY! And yes, as we grow in this journey, your seasons will change. Your Why may change slightly swift in some areas, so I do challenge you to write out your Why’s at the beginning of each month as well as your goals for that month. Your goals can be physical, spiritual, or financial.
One more thing to share. Your life will not and doesn’t have to be perfect. Everything does not have to be in place to start your health journey. Things do not have to be great everyday. Your children will not be perfect in all areas. This is coming from experience, 4 years ago, I did not have the knowledge and the power I have now. Several months ago, my family was faced with a huge crisis and now my kids are learning from our mistakes and their mistakes everyday. And I still do these same steps on finding my Why and writing out my goals for the month.
So let’s agree right now, that perfection is not realistic or even an option…Remove that expectation now and let’s LIVE with more consistency and with more motivation in our lives.
As the sun rises each day, I go back to my power source, the daily word of God! The truth will set you free! Speak truth in your mind and remember your WHY’s!
Psalm 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.”