Are you still Motivated to live a Healthy Lifestyle and lose weight? What helps you stay motivated?
My Motivation hits "Valley's and Peaks" and unfortunately I'm not always motivated to do what it takes to lose weight consistently. I do get more motivated when I start something new. . .Keeping a Journal does help me being more accountable to myself. I'm always more motivated when I see my scale go down. I do get more motivated after reading success story blogs and articles.
But then I recently read this article in Kim Benson's Newsletter and it helped me realize you don't always have to be super motivated but just Do It, like this article says. That put a new light on my motivation and I realize I've used lack of motivation as a crutch.
Read this article, when you have the time, and share with us what you think or got out of reading it!
"Feeling motivated makes it easier, but its not a requirement for DOING what we need to do."
Don't Run On Motivation.
June 26, 2012 2:04 PM
By Kim Benson
Motivation is a good thing. It gets us going. It keeps us focused and OP (on program). But what happens when the motivation runs out?
That force, stimulus, drive or incentive called motivation which fuels our behavior will fail us at some point — even for the most determined, successful dieter.
And so we struggle. We start and fail. We flounder wondering how? why? We were so strong and now ... Where did it go? How do we get "it" back?!
Unless you learn the answer, you will forever be yo-yo dieting, starting and stopping, with your goals forever out of reach.
But here's the missing element, and you MUST get this: YOU DON'T NEED MOTIVATION TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. You just need to DO it.
See ... we wait until we feel the motivation so we can behave the way we need to behave – plan out our days, prepare what's on the plan, eat what we have prepared — GET THE WEIGHT OFF FOR GOOD! And it's so much EASIER when we feel like it.
Picture a farmer on an early summer morning strolling to the barn. Bucket swinging at his side. Rooster crowing. Sun peeking up on the horizon. Cows and horses waiting for their morning meal. It's a beautiful picture we create. It's easy for that farmer to be a farmer in moments like these. But that same farmer still has to go to the barn when the rains come in deluge. When his destination is barely visible and the yard between home and barn is a foot thick with mud. When each step he takes sucks around his boots and the sheets of rain cut through his coat. That same farmer still has to put one foot in front of the other when the temperatures dip to below zero. The snow has to be cleared and the wind numbs his fingers and toes. He still has to go forward, one foot in front of the other, every day, to feed the livestock waiting for him. He has to break the ice in the troughs and measure the feed, even when it's not easy to be a farmer.
Motivation is a feeling, not a necessity for behavior. Easier, yes. But necessary, no.
And here's the real kicker ... when we ACT according to what we need to do (plan, prepare, follow through) the motivation returns. We get excited about what we've accomplished. That feeling of "YES! I CAN do this!" That motivation ... it comes back once again. This is how we learn to self-motivate.
We wait until we FEEL like staying OP to stay OP. But staying OP is what actually recreates the motivation. The reality is the opposite of what we thought.
And until we learn that. Experience it. Believe in it and trust in it, we will forever be waiting for the elusive feelings to get us to goal.
Don't wait for motivation to do what you have to do. Run, instead on the commitment you have made to become a better, healthier you.
"Be Miserable, or Motivate Yourself. Whatever has to Be Done, It's Always Your Choice." Wayne Dyer
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