Is Motivation Overrated?
Now we have looked at what we need to do in detail I want to discuss how we do it. More to the point why we do it.
The first thing you probably think about is motivation. Do you feel motivated? Do you have enough motivation to succeed?
Motivation, in my opinion, is somewhat overrated. The trouble with motivation is that it comes and goes on a daily basis. One day you can take on the world and the next you just haven’t even got the ‘motivation’ to get out of bed.
So here lies the problem. How do we keep going and find the drive to carry on no matter what? Where does this feeling come from? I don’t think motivation offers enough driving force to succeed and overcome any bumps in the road.
So what is it that keeps us going no matter what?
If you are looking to improve your Physical Fitness, Nutrition and Mental Fitness what sparked this desire. Was it simply because you didn’t like what you were seeing in the mirror? Was it because you wanted to keep yourself as healthy as possible? Was it because you were stressed with day to day life and needed a release?
Looking at this more closely. Did you look at yourself and think I need to lose some weight because I don’t want to become pre-diabetic like my father or mother? I want to be around for my children and be as healthy as possible so I can see them grow up and run about with them. I want to be able to deal with all these stresses I feel everyday without feeling sick and anxious and not being able to sleep.
So this starts to build our why. The real reason that we want to change. It has to be specific. The more specific the more likely we are to succeed. Write it down. Pin it to the bathroom mirror. Create a mantra that you can say to yourself where you shut your eyes and meditate. Tell your closest friends or your partner what you want to do.
So this leads us on to a couple of very important things that we will discuss in more detail over the next few days.
The first is habits and the second is taking action.
Our daily habits are what have made us who we are today. You are either happy with that or not happy. If you are happy then great. If you are not then we need to address our daily habits and try and change out bad habits with good habits. Easier said than done but doable with the right approach.
This then leads us on to taking action. Nothing happens without taking action. We have to take that first step otherwise nothing will ever change. It only needs to be a very small action but this has too happen.
Have a think about what your why is. Write it down and make it as specific as you can. The more specific it is the more likely you are to get to where you want to be.
Once you have written it down put it somewhere prominent. Maybe on your office wall, as your screensaver on your mobile or in your car.