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Motivation? What Happens When You Run Out Of Motivation? - December 6, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I saw this on another Sparker's page tonight and I just had to research the genius behind the quote, because, frankly, I had never heard of him. To wit, John C. Maxwell is an American entrepreneur and motivational speaker (after you read the quote, I think you will understand why):

“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation.
Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or
whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what?
After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation
comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”
― John C. Maxwell

It appears that Mr. Maxwell and I are on the same page, because, before I even read his quote tonight, by sheer coincidence, I had put these very thoughts, a bit more succinctly on my feed earlier today (hey, it only allows a fixed number of characters). The bottom line is we can talk about weight loss and how we're going to do it, until we are blue in the face. After awhile it gets really old.

My mother was not an entrepreneur, nor a public speaker, but her wisdom was just as wise, and perhaps more contained in fewer words. After a certain point, she would tell me, "Don't plan. Do." And I still hear her saying that to me.

Sometimes, what I call "white noise" tends to overpower us in our intention. We fret about succeeding in our current plans: Will it work out, after all our efforts, will we fail? Sometimes, we just have to turn down the volume on all this negative speak and just (yeah, it's the Nike commercial rearing its ugly head again) do it.

Because, after all, what happens when the motivation doesn't carry us today? Do we simply give up? Is that the end of the road on our quest for health, and even happiness? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

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