Are You Motivated? Neither Am I

People assume that I am always motivated, that I always want to hit the gym, that I never want to just sit with a bowl of kettle corn and veg. On the contrary. I am human 🙂 The better I eat, the less I want to eat junk food (something that surprised me as it evolved) and when I’m in a regular routine for exercise, I am less likely not to feel like doing it.

But just last week, for example, I debated taking a nap versus going to spin. The Kid was (finally) napping and I was really tired … but I went to spin. And I was glad I did — I felt better within the first few minutes of the class and pushed through what turned out to be quite the challenging class.

I read a great piece on motivation just a few days ago that really speaks to this better than I can. I’ll quote my favorite parts here for you, but you should click through and read it.

I have really come to the conclusion that the very term “motivation” is the cop-out. It can become the rationalization and the justification you need to cease setting goals and the processes behind reaching them if you are prepared to allow it to.

I have never thought about it like that, but it makes a lot of sense to me. Do you agree that “motivation” or “lack of motivation” is a cop out?

So how do I stay motivated all the time? The answer is that I don’t—and I don’t expect to.

Ah — an expectation piece! Hadn’t worked that into the equation, either, but again, makes sense. If you expect to be motivated all the time, you’ll be easily derailed when the motivation just isn’t there.

Accept that a lack of motivation is normal, but refuse to accept that it will derail your drive and your goals.

Accept that it exists but not what many consider to be the “natural” outcome.

Manage your time! The biggest issue I see in people’s fight for motivation is that they try to cram too much into a tight time period, and the hassle of it takes away the enjoyment.

This is applicable to everything in life, I think…

Be process-driven, not always goal-driven. Goals, when set, can be lofty and at times far away…The process is the most important, and understanding how it relates to the bigger picture helps you remain in control of the journey.

Good stuff! Wish I had written it 😉

Between this and yesterday’s post on finding your stumbling block, are you ready to get up and get moving yet? Do it!!

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