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SparkPeople desk calendar - journal about motivation


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

So along with the shirts and mug, with my SparkPeople order I got a free calendar (the office desk kind where you tear off each day and the weekends are grouped together).

My first day (Friday) looking at it was about tracking cholesterol. Thought about that, decided not right now. I'd added calcium and fiber at the beginning of June and don't want to throw another nutrient in while I'm learning the ropes of balancing those two. So far, so good, though I do bounce over and under - by my trend stays in a reasonable range. I might make cholesterol the next just out of curiosity, but that will be a couple months.

Today's was about thinking about motivation and writing in a journal about what motivates us.

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Does this sound familiar? Well, okay, so my blogs haven't actually been about WHAT motivates me so much as about motivation in general. And one of the replies on my blog about even world-class athletes have meh days really resonated and has stuck in my mind:

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JSLATE2K: I think a lot of people confuse motivation with being enthusiastic for, or excited about, something. None of us feel excited about the same thing day in and day out, but having a purpose that is in alignment with our core values is something that generally doesn't change.
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A couple of the examples they listed made me shake my head - not me. Self-esteem has never been an issue. I am self-deprecating (I can put myself down and not think that makes me less - like calling myself a klutz) I don't achieve to my real potential, but I have something innately in me that believes in my worth and power as a being. Happiness also has never been an issue. I can watch a bird in a tree and be happy, it's that easy.

Then something kind of nudged its way to the forefront of my thinking.

** My motivation is, at its core, to grow. **

Everything I do is driven by a desire to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. I want to grow in ability, grow in fitness, grow in knowledge, grow in financial condition, grow in relationships, grow in so many things.

Any goal I set is a forward look at where I want to grow in an area.

Working out is growth in fitness and strength. Even those days I struggle with it, consider saying "screw it", I don't - because the only way to grow is to push against the resistance. Eating right is growth in health and physical condition. Putting aside savings and an IRA is growth in my financial future. Reading and studying is growth in language and understanding and knowledge.

What continually motivates me is measuring my progress as I grow.

Did I learn a new word? I'm excited and motivated to read more and find even more words?
Do I have more in savings this month than last? I'm excited every time I see that number and want to find ways to set a little more aside.
Can I lift more weight than a week or month ago? I'm excited and looking forward to the next muscle I'll be pushing a little harder.
Am I naturally including more veggies in my meals? I'm excited and watching for new ways to include other options.

In a sense, the mental idea I have for my motivation are the redwoods out at Big Basin. Death takes even trees on occasion, through fire or storm, and when they topple their rings are seen. I want my life to be like one of those trees, decades of living and growing recorded in the ripples outward to those I have a positive impact on.

So, no, my motivations are not fitting into a certain size, or seeing a particular number on the scale, any other measurable and quantifiable end result. My motivations are the steps along the way, the changes, the improvements, the knowledge that I have grown and am growing and will grow.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEH50BEWELL 6/28/2012 11:48AM

    It's all about the journey - not the destination. Well done!

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BERKCHIK 6/28/2012 1:16AM

    Beautifully put. And such great reasons to be motivated!

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PATTOMMC3 6/27/2012 6:09PM

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SPARKFRAN514 6/27/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you gave us something to think about to not look at motivation over all to find in the small every day things like you said add more weight to the work . and enjoy the small things like learning a new word thanks for sharing emoticon

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SMILES650 6/26/2012 10:39PM

  Well written and thought provoking, thanks! emoticon

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JSLATE2K 6/26/2012 10:07PM

    The best thing about motivation is that it's yours - not somebody else's idea of what it should be. You've certainly given it a lot of thought - and found yours. Not that it was lacking - you just put a name on it. Congrats!

~John

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MIDNIGHTER1 6/26/2012 9:11PM

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TALENKARR1 6/26/2012 8:40PM

    definityly something to think about

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KALANTHA 6/26/2012 6:45PM

    Simply a fantastic blog. Competition, for me, goes hand in hand with motivation. But it's not competition with others; it competition with MYSELF. Like you, I want to see improvements over time and that's what motivates me to keep going.

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SNAILTURBO2GO 6/26/2012 5:27PM

    I track cholesterol because that's what got me here, I was tested at 338, YIKES! I'm 29 too! So I put is on my tracker to see what the heck was going on and found out it was all the fast food! Anything fried is horrible! Just throw it on the tracker to look at it under your daily report. Just so you can see what foods that you eat now that have high cholesterol. Dont sweat it, just look at it and then start focusing on it once you got the hang out what you are doing now.



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STARTINGINLIMBO 6/26/2012 5:26PM

    Good stuff. Well said.

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TIFFY0906 6/26/2012 5:19PM

    emoticon blog

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2BEHEALTHYRME 6/26/2012 3:24PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. I can totally relate because I am pushed from an innate need to better myself and my circumstances. Reading your blog reminded me that it is progress I strive for, not perfection.

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CHUBRUB3 6/26/2012 2:21PM

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2BEABETTERME 6/26/2012 2:20PM

    Love your attitude about motivation! Something for me to ponder and strive for.
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APONI_KB 6/26/2012 1:06PM

    all very true and quite altruistic really

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/26/2012 12:59PM

    I've been thinking of heading over to the Spark store myself.

:o)

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JACKIE542 6/26/2012 12:27PM

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JANESLOSS 6/26/2012 11:29AM

    Another great blog!
I have grown by just reading and pondering your blogs! Thanks!

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LGAR519 6/26/2012 11:15AM

    You are a deep thinker!! I never have been. Could be because I only had a high school education. I don't figure things out, study them, analize them. I just do them. More power to you.

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SHERIO5 6/26/2012 10:15AM

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DEBPRE16 6/26/2012 10:14AM

    Great blog - it gives me a new way to think about motivation and remember that the small steps all count.

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AMANDASHRINKING 6/26/2012 9:48AM

    i had actually seen that about ordering 20 bucks and getting the calendar ...I wanted to get the sparks people rubber braclets for along time I might do that and a towel NOW THAT A TOWEL WRAPS AROUND ME AGAIN...

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NEWMOM20121 6/26/2012 9:38AM

    Super great blog. I love it. I will be thinking about it as I take my walk today.

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ZANNBEE 6/26/2012 9:15AM

    Loved this attitude. What a great and inspiring blog.

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AMYTRIPP 6/26/2012 8:47AM

    Very nice! It's great that you know yourself enough to divine your true motivations.

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ELEMENOPEO 6/26/2012 8:23AM

    Love the idea of life like rings of a tree. You are inspiring as you take things slow and steady and track only a few at a time. emoticon

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MUSOLF6 6/26/2012 7:59AM

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ROXYZMOM 6/26/2012 7:52AM

    Awesome blog! I love your analysis. Those "little" achievements we make along the way are great motivations for moving forward, along with the excitement we feel when we realize we actually did what we set out to do. I am also motivated by others, working to reach their goals.

You are a great motivator!

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RG_DFW 6/26/2012 7:31AM

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FLEURGARDEN 6/26/2012 7:22AM

    Great blog! I once heard someone talk about their viewpoint on goals and motivation and how they decided to look at it from the perspective of their funeral and what people would say about them - what they meant to those people, the things they remembered and admired them for and all that. So much more than what size they wore or other measurable goals, and much more like those rings in a fallen tree.

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LISALOSING52 6/26/2012 7:16AM

    Great Blog, as always... emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 4:41AM

    as always, a great blog - thank you!

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MAMAWALMART 6/26/2012 2:18AM

    I could not have said it any better. I'm glad we all are not the same. Being motivated differently helps us learn from others.
Thank you for keeping me motivated.
God Bless and Keep Smiling
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Karen

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NYADAE 6/26/2012 2:16AM

    This is an amazing blog, and I got so much out of I can't even describe it! When you talked about finding what motivates you being growth, and about being excited about new abilities of each muscle, I was impressed! You put it so elegantly!

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