Motivation Ain't Where It's At!
Saturday, February 02, 2019
If you are waiting for motivation to kick in before you undergo a permanent change, you'd better settle in for the long haul, because it's going to be a looooooooooong wait!
Motivation, will power, and goals will sustain you for a while, but what will keep you going is consistency, habit, and the desire to maintain results.
I'm a very regular exerciser- Have been for decades now. And you know what? Most days I am NOT motivated to work out! I am not even much motivated to get out of bed in the morning, let alone put on workout clothes and pick up heavy stuff in the name of fitness.
Why do I do it? Because it's just part of my normal morning routine, which goes exactly like this:
1. Wake up
2. Put on exercise clothes/brush teeth
3. Eat breakfast
4. Bible study/quiet time
6. Exit exercise clothes
There is no way anyone is going to feel highly motivated to exercise consistently for years and years on end. There are REASONS people stay consistent, but being consistently excited and motivated isn't usually one of them.
The main reason is that they want the end results. When I was younger, this had to do with physique. Now that I'm in my 50's, it has more to do with my health.
Think about this: Why do you go to work every day? Do you consistently wake up thinking "Whoo hoo! Work! Let's jump right out of bed and get to it!"?
I highly doubt it.
You go to work because you want the end result, which is probably a paycheck, and that is probably because you want to pay the bills and be able to have the lifestyle you do, or even a better one.
Plus, it's just what you do on work days- You go to work.
And there, my friends, is the reason people who exercise consistently exercise consistently.
Because it's just what they do on exercise days.
It's a habit that may have started with strong motivation (like a paying job does), but keeps going because of consistency and the desire for continued results.
Like the old saying goes, "Fake it 'til you make it".
You'll get results even if your heart isn't in it.