How I define motivation...
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I define motivation as a force, or influence that gives you the drive to go after whatever you want. Motivation is so important when you look at the big picture because, without it, you may not be able to reach your ultimate goals.
When I graduated college in 2006 I took a big step and moved to North Carolina away from the only home I've ever known and more importantly, my parents, both of which are in Virgina. Although I don't get to see my parents on a regular basis I call them a lot and email back and forth with my mom. I have a very good relationship with both my parents so it's not surprising to me when I talk to them and they tell me how proud they are of me for how far I've come along with my weight loss plan.
Tonight when I got home it was like any other night, I came in the house after work, got my hugs and kisses from Daylin, my dog, and took him outside for his nightly walk. We walked down to get the mail and I was surprised to see a letter from my dad. It wasn't my birthday nor was it a holiday so it didn't quite make sense why he would be sending me a letter. When I opened it and read it, I was shocked and very moved by it. He said he just wanted to send me a letter to let me know how proud he is of me and of my success so far in losing weight and how inspiring he thinks I am. Re-reading the letter a few times, and taking in the message behind the letter, I see it as my #1 motivation to stick to and even step up my plan. Anytime I feel like going easy on a workout or skipping my strength training, I'm going to read the letter my dad wrote me and seeing how proud he is he is of me, will give me that extra push to keep going
When I started my weight loss plan in March I was doing it solely for myself, to make me feel, look, and be healthier, I never imagined that along the way I would achieve much more than weight loss. I'm not only achieving weight loss but I'm helping to inspire others to do the same, and more importantly, it's giving me moments like this, where, after the pounds are gone and my weight loss goal has been reached, all that will be left are the memories, and this memory, of my dad sending me a random motivation letter, will be one of my favorites.