I hear & read this all the time. Motivation. It’s a fickle word, I don’t like it. Allow me to explain; the dictionary meaning of motivation is:
The act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way.
It can be too easy to say “Oh, I’m not feeling motivated today. So I won’t do X” Motivation BREEDS excuses. Motivation (or lack of) gives you a reason to stop. You can justify your stopping because, well….let’s face it. You’re just not motivated, so why bother?
I’ve used the same reasoning to not go to the gym. I was too tired, or it was too late, or there was always tomorrow.
I found a quote on-line about being determined instead of motivated & it drastically changed my outlook. I saved it, but whoever originally posted it has since taken it down. However, I’ll try & explain.
Motivation is good to begin with, if it gets you off the sofa. However, let’s imagine that motivation is like a countdown clock….you’ve got LOADS to begin with, but it will gradually begin to decrease. Oh. Woe. No more motivation…..*crawl back to the sofa* Or at least that’s how it was for me.
I forget about motivation now. Motivation gets me out of bed, motivation to get a coffee down me, etc. Now I live for determination. Make a goal (yeah, I know. I don’t have one, per se) write that shit down & STICK. TO. IT! Your motivation will dry up & fade, being determined to see something through? That does not go away! Determination trumps motivation. Every. Time.
The act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
Determination is why I get up at 5:45am, determination is why I force food in to my face, determination is why I cycle 6 miles to the gym, determination is why I do things I never thought possible a few months ago. If I have to cycle through snow to work out, I will. If I have to stop every 10 minutes to blow my nose I will. I will never give up. I will never quit.
Yeah, there will be times when it hurts. There will be times when you fail, and times where you simply do not want to go and train. It happens, it’s how you deal with it that matters. Will that set-back stop you? Is there even *any* point to continue? Only you can answer those. You’re not alone, even the fitness greats will have experienced set-backs, no one ever achieved anything by failing.
I’ve accomplished too much in a relatively short space of time to blow it all. I don’t need meds, I don’t need to worry about when the last time I took one was because I have to “keep my levels topped up” I don’t think I can’t do that, because of my back.
Then there’s the whole inspiration thing, which I’ll leave for another post……