OK- This article really spoke to me, uh, except maybe the part about having to consider yourself "NORMAL". not, and I like that - what is normal after all? Conforming??? WON'T DO IT! But I will continue to spread the SPARK and love this community!
just what I needed! it's official. I have now set an ongoing event in my calendar to read one motivational article every night at eight. This is the time I start to feel, who knows what, but it inevitably ends with my eating all the wrong things. Well, no more! I am proud that I have lost twenty pounds. instead of beating myself up for not being able to loose the last fifteen, I'm going to congratulate myself for having kept it off for three years! I will get there! Not beating myself up is good for starters!
"Change Your Story, Change Your Results Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological. If you want to be able to motivate yourself, you need to begin seeing yourself as active, effective, powerful, and normal."
I think these are perhaps the most important words in both Motivation articles. *Change your personal story*!
I don't want to be normal. I want to be exceptional! Does that put me in the perfectionist category? I don't think so because, in my book, even exceptional people occationally stray from the ideal path, but then we get back!
You are, my friend, a genius! You have so perfectly nailed down not only the definition of motivation, but also the process of self talk and the source of feelings of powerlessness. I was vicitimized and bullied as a child, suffered severe depression several times in my life, and am now fighting habits that are affecting my weight and health. You have peeled my emotional onion, so to speak, with your words. THANK YOU!
Thanks for the motivation articles. I can now see some of the mistakes I made in the past really were linked to my stories I was telling myself. Lets call them lies! I believe now, I can conciously catch myself doing this self abuse thing after reading the articles. GREAT information.
This is the perfect article for me... probably (at least for right now) the best I have read yet! Some of my friends went through empty nest syndrome when their kids left home. I wish that is all it was with me. I went through some really "BAD" family issues which devastated me emotionally and here I am! Still hanging on to pieces of those issues. I really need to let go of them and get on with living my life! I WANT to let go of them and get on with living my life. I have that burst of energy in starting something new and get all excited about what I plan to accomplish and then I let life get in the way EVERY SINGLE TIME! I don't value myself enough to say no to those issues and that is going to change. I have always said I am a VICTOR not a VICTIM... but in this case I am still the victim and enough is enough!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Now I have a clue, I am telling the story over and over again and is a story I wish it did not happen, so enough of it. Now is time to accept it happened, and change the story into a victory in my journey!!!! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
OMG! I believe this is my first time ever gathering enough nerve to leave a comment, but after reading these two article I felt compelled. I just would like to say THANK YOU for taking the time to encourage and inspire and that I am grateful. As I was reading I felt many emotions, as I mentally traveled through my own journey. This is by far the BEST article I have read not only on Spark but anywhere (online, magazines, etc.). So I again say Thank you and continue to inspire and encourage!
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