John was a man who struggled with his weight for his entire life. He was a chubby kid, an overweight teenager, and had turned into an obese adult. He was more than 100 lbs overweight and his overall health was rapidly declining.

John had many excuses for his weight, ranging from hormone problems, to addictive eating and even sometimes blamed his genetics.

Everything changed  when John’s 13 year old daughter Paige was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. Doctors told John his daughter would need a kidney transplant to ever have the hope of living a normal life. After an extensive search for donors, John was identified as a perfect match.

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There was one problem though: Doctors would not operate on John in his condition. They told John he would have to lose at least 60 lbs in the next 8 months in order to help his daughter.

So what did John do?  What would you do?

John didn’t lose the 60lbs in 8 months, he lost 80lbs in 6 months and saved his daughter’s life.

The moral of the story? If you have a big enough WHY, you’ll always find the HOW

John stopped making excuses and found a way to do something in only 6 months, that he had thought to be IMPOSSIBLE for the previous 30 years. He found a big enough WHY.

Notice I didn’t talk about HOW he lost the weight. It wasn’t his diet or weight training program or how many grams of fish oil he took every day.

All of that is secondary to his WHY.

Now this is a very dramatic example of finding the right motivation to achieve your goals.

Hopefully none of us will ever have to go through something like this, but I think the story illustrates that anything can be overcome with the right WHY .

I was reminded of this story when I realized that in less than a month, EVERYONE is going to start making New Years Resolutions. Every year I hear hundreds of different ones, most are well thought out, strategic goals are set and people have the proper game plan for success.

Then why do 90% of Resolutions not even make it 30 days?

It’s not because people have the wrong goals or picked the wrong diet or aren’t doing the right type of training, most people just don’t have the right WHY.

In the next few weeks, as you start thinking about what you want to change in 2015, you also need to have a WHY attached to that goal. That might take a little more time to think about, but when you find it, it will help you overcome and stick to your plan.

The WHY is way more important than the HOW.