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The motivation is in the doing...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Back in my college days, Susan Powter was that era's Jillian Michaels. Susan was intense, strong, loud and beautiful. I remember her "Stop the Insanity" pleas and her exercise video was the first I ever owned. She was super. She was inspirational. And she was definitely motivational. She would say things like "There is no fairy godmother of willpower.", "This is simple. Eat, breathe, move." and my favorite, "The motivation is in the doing."

That's right. The motivation is in the doing. I remember how liberating it was to hear that. This finally meant I wasn't missing something everyone seemed to understand or have. I didn't lack the motivation gene. It made me take a closer look at those around me that I thought had something I didn't. When I took that look I realized that those people were motivated but they were also doing.

So I bet you can guess what happened. Each time I completed her exercise video I felt motivated to do more, to eat better and keep going. It wasn't long before I was lighter, leaner, healthier and yeah, motivated. No one could stop me. Heck, they didn't want to.

Fast forward a few years (Ok. More than a few. But who is really counting?) Where did that motivation go? Where did the doing go? Life has done what it will continue to do. It has thrown me ups and thrown me downs. Thankfully many more ups than downs. But what happened to the motivation is that I keep forgetting that it comes from the doing.

I catch myself waiting for the funk to pass or looking for new methods of motivation. I have a huge collection of motivational sayings and LOVE them but they are not enough. I look at my boys and there is motivation but sometimes they are not enough. I look at myself and what I want to be and even that isn't enough. Any of those things should be enough. But sometimes it is not.

Today I was reminded of Susan Powter and remembered where the motivation has to continue to come from. It comes from the doing. So instead of waiting for the motivation to push me to eat healthy foods and exercise, I need to do it. Doing it will motivate me to keep doing it. I need to quit forgetting that and looking for motivation in the not-so-best of places. It's a waste of time and energy. Time that would be best spent just doing what needs done.

So the next time I find myself feeling unmotivated and wondering when my mojo is gonna make an appearance, I need to remember that I can have my mojo anytime I want to. I just need to do what needs done and the motivation will come.

So keep on doing. The rest will come.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYCRN 2/8/2013 7:23AM

    I had just read one of Coach Dean's old blogs this morning and pondered "feeling motivated is what happens when the decisions and choices you're making are consistent with your goals. Feeling unmotivated is what happens when you're not really making conscious choices at all-you're just responding mindlessly to various triggers in your environment and operating on "autopilot" based on old habits and conditioned behavior"
Let's get motivated, Sparkfriend!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 1/28/2013 9:38PM

    Time to get doing! emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/24/2013 12:28PM

    Very well said.....

So what are you doing today? emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 1/23/2013 10:12PM

    Thanks so much for posting this! I struggle with motivation, and have never thought of it in quite this manner - but it makes perfect sense! I am going to remember that - motivation comes from the doing.

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    So what did you do today that motivated you? :)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/22/2013 3:22PM

    love this blog.thanks for posting it and i guess i better also start doing,lol emoticon

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TKOVACH1 1/22/2013 2:58PM

    "If you want to be fit, there's no magic. There's no mystery. You have to get up and work your ass off - literally.
I remember Susan and I used to loved this quote, your blog brought back memories and it's time to work on fulfilling this quote. emoticon

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SASSYLJB 1/22/2013 1:26PM

    Dazzling, Just what I needed to hear today! You said it, the motivation is in the doing! thanks for reminding me of something that is overlooked so much!

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ELECTRICITY3699 1/22/2013 12:47PM

    Love your blog! We all fall into the "waiting for our mojo to come back"... You are right - it's there anytime we want it. It never leaves, we just put it on a back burner sometimes.

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ADDISONS-NANA 1/22/2013 8:00AM

    Excellent Blog! it certainly makes sense to me and I need to start DOING exercise....I hate it and keep thinking I will find the motivation to get started...I guess from reading your blog...I just gotta get started and the motivation will come!! THANKS emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 1/21/2013 11:47PM

    Thanks for posting, that helped me too :)

A timely message for me indeed....

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VALYNN26 1/21/2013 7:06PM

    emoticon So true. Fake it til you make it. You just got to keep on going. emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 1/21/2013 4:43PM

    you are right, we often need to remember to look to ourselves
I loved Susan!!


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123ELAINE456 1/21/2013 4:14PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Fake It Til You Make It. Keep Going Forward!!! You Will Make It!!! You are doing a Fabulous Job. God Loves You and The Boys. God Bless All Of You. He is Protecting You Too. Have a Wonderful Week. And Enjoy this Beautiful Cold Day. Take Care. WAY TO GO!!!!! hUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/21/2013 2:56PM

    Oh my . . . I clearly remember Susan She was funny at times. I remember her talking about her thighs rubbing together and it was annoying. she started exercising and eating better. All of a sudden one day walking thru the mall, she realized, "Hey . . . my thighs aren't rubbing together anymore!" I don't know why that stuck with me all these years, but when I started on SP, that's what I kept thinking to myself . . . my thighs won't rub together when I walk anymore!! And that happened!

Thanks for sharing this.

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CHALLENGEME4 1/21/2013 12:03PM

    Thank you. Well said

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CHALLENGEME4 1/21/2013 12:03PM

    Thank you. Well said

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WORLDSERIES11 1/21/2013 2:27AM

    Well said!!
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READYBETTY 1/20/2013 11:33PM

    Fake it until you make it. Your actions will indeed motivate you!

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NDKARIKARI 1/20/2013 11:09PM

    You are so spot on. "I can have my mojo anytime I want to." Thank you for yet another thought/action provoking post

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