‘Motivation’ has got to be the number one word I hear when discussing fitness and exercise and writing with people.
“I just don’t seem to have much motivation.”
“You most definitely have more motivation than I do.”
“How do I get more motivation so I can actually get this done?”
Today, we will be discussing five easy steps you can take to gain more motivation to get up off that couch and start exercising or getting those words written.
Nope. Sorry, folks. There is no magic formula for getting more motivation. I sure wish there were one because I bet I could make a million dollars or more if I could bottle it up and sell it.
The truth is that motivation is not an outside force.
It is not something that you acquire. It is not a trait that just a select, elite group of people have. It is not reserved for athletes and those with the willpower of steel. Motivation is not something you can buy online or in a bottle.
The truth is that each and every person has the potential to have amazing motivation. The level of motivation you have is based on how much you BELIEVE you have. I know, that sounds all touchy-feely. It is true. You don’t have any motivation to exercise or write because you don’t believe or think you have it.
What do you do then?
How do you get the oomph to get things done when you REALLY don’t feel like it?
Well, I’m going to borrow a cliche here…you ‘fake it till you make it.’
The best thing to do to develop motivation is to just do what you know you need to do (ex. eat right, exercise, write 1000 words a day, etc) despite how you feel. You dive head first into what your brain knows is best. You follow your logic and not your feelings. It will stink at first because you will have to fight relentlessly against those strong urgings to quit or not even start. Take your feelings or lack of motivation out of it.
You know you have to exercise and eat better. You know you have to actually write if you want to ever get a book published. Then do it!!! Forget that little voice saying, ” *Whine* But, I have no motivation!”
“SILENCE!! Foul Beast!”
You won’t ever get anywhere if you depend on the elusive motivation.
It comes and goes like the wind. Do what you KNOW you must do to make a change.
And guess what?
You start seeing that a change is happening. Getting up each morning and following all the positive habits will get easier. And the next thing you know you actually have the motivation to keep going!!
Voila!! Where did that come from?! YOU made it happen by not falling victim to your feelings. You took control.
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