How to find your motivation...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where does your motivation come from?

Motivation can come in many forms and in many ways but the best motivation is something that comes from within! True...there are many outside motivators but for lasting motivation that creates long term action "real motivation" must be something that is like breathing-natural, ongoing and an intracol part of your life.

For me my motivation comes from:
1. God!
2. My Values/Believes!
3. Faith, trust and love for myself and in my actions and abilities.

One important key to having/creating motivation that works is that what ever you find to motivate you; it must be something that is for yourself that you want not what someone else tells you to do. and, most importantly, it must be something that you can feel as part of who you are (it must become a part of you).

Having goals are not enough, unless you also have a motivational push that goes above and beyond your daily grind to push you forward even on days when you would rather just sit on the couch and eat a bag of potato chips, a bag of cookies or a container of ice cream to drown your emotional sorrow. True motivation can move you past just wishing, hoping and dreaming about what it will be like if/when you loose the weight you want to.

For motivation to really work though one must be willing to take risks and move outside of your current comfort zone. Because, one must push the uncertainties, the emotional turmoil and the curve balls that seem to come out of no where to side track your progress.

There are many more factors to finding and keeping ones motivation but the bottom line is to never give up, forgive yourself when you stumble and always take it one day at a time (or moment by moment if need be) as you move forward with your lifestyle changes towards achieving and maintaining your weight loss goals with changes to your daily diet and exercise program.

Good luck everyone in finding what truly motivates you to get up off the couch and say no to eating food when you are not hungry due to emotional eating or other eating issues. Stay accountable to yourself by tracking your food and exercise daily. Reach for the stars. you can achieve it, I can achieve it, and together, we can achieve it!
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