One of the first things a coach will ask you is “What is your goal?”.
To create a path to where you want to be, we need to know the destination of course. Where do you want to be? Professionally, creatively, physically, personally? And be precise!
“Getting fit” is not a precise goal. Far from it! What exact result do you want to see and when. For example, being able to run for 30 minutes without stopping, by 3rd January. That is much clearer already.
Having established that, we can then find out why you want to achieve that goal. And by "why" I don’t mean the surface reasons such as “because it’s healthy” or “because I should be more active”. Yes, of course those are good things but that’s not going to inspire you to keep going when it’s getting tough or you simply don't feel like it.
There always is something else hiding behind those surface reasons that is the real reason. Sometimes they are very natural motivations such as “I want to be able to play with my children and grandchildren without getting out of breath so quickly”, or “I saw my parents getting very frail once they stopped being active and I don’t want to end up down the same path”. Now there we have reasons that we have an emotional connection to. They pull at your heart strings. They will be what’s getting us up and into the park instead of skipping the session and watching telly curled up on the sofa.
The importance of a clear “Why” has become very popular. If you haven’t come across Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “Start with Why” you may want to watch this short introduction to how he found his “Why”.