This is such a cheesy way to begin a post, but I’m going to do it anyway.
If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “I wish I had your motivation” I’d be rich.
Filthy, stinkin’ rich!
But that’s not how life works. And that’s definitely not how motivation works.
When someone says that to me, especially someone I know well, I just want to scream, “Don’t you know me?!”
I would not describe myself as someone who is highly motivated at all. But I would say I am someone who is dedicated and willing to work hard to achieve the things I want.
Here are the two greatest things I ever did for myself:
- I gave up on the idea that my weight loss would one day be miraculously be “sparked” by something
- I gave up on the notion of will power/motivation.
Let me clarify.
Motivation is real. I might read something, see something, do something that motivates me or others. But the idea that some people have motivation and others don’t? Complete crap.
And falling back on excuses like “I’m not motivated” really means, “I don’t believe I can do it.”
Motivation becomes an excuse for people to cite as the reason why they fail at achieving their goals. They’ll say things like, “Oh I just don’t have the motivation.”
A few days ago I posted a quote on the blog from Pinterest.
“It’s actually pretty simple. You either do it or you don’t.”
That philosophy is what real change is built on. Not motivation or will power. Just simply doing it and not stopping.
Motivation has its place, but like weight loss, it’s the result of action and not the other way around.
For example: I am motivated because I go to the gym every day, but I don’t go to the gym every day because I am motivated.
You see the difference?
It’s about doing. Not wishing, or hoping, or dreaming. And doing doesn’t have to mean go out and run a mile! Doing can be anything from writing about your goals in a journal to grocery shopping for healthy foods.
I didn’t wake up one day after a visit from the motivation fairy and suddenly say “I am going to lose 100 pounds.”
I built my current lifestyle from the ground up. I worked hard to make changes that have resulted in weight loss and I’ve stayed dedicated to my goals by writing and speaking about them often.
Don’t sell yourself short by blaming lack of action on lack of motivation. The power to change is within all of us.
Happy Friday 🙂