It’s Holiday Season. A time when our priorities can shift, bend or seemingly disappear under all that we have to accomplish. There’s shopping, wrapping, parties, gatherings and oh so many other things pulling us in every direction (many times away from the gym and many of our other normal routines). Before we know it, New Years has passed, our motivation is at an all time low and we suddenly find ourselves in “Resolution-ville” (sigh)
Let’s take a moment to talk about the word “motivation”… It is defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way -or- the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. Nowhere in that definition does it say it’s a magical, mythical wand that taps your head and urges you to action… does it?
There are a few key words in those definitions that stand out when looking at what motivation really is. The first is “reason,” the second “desire” and the third is “willingness”. Why are those 3 words so important? Because they tell you everything you need to know about your relationship to motivation. Far too often, we look at motivation as this external force that we simply do or do not have. Something those other people are lucky to have and we’re just not that lucky. That simply is NOT true!
To really understand this you first have to look at what you are really committed to. If you are saying “I need to join a gym to lose weight” or “I just need to go on a diet to drop the 20lbs I’ve gained” and yet you don’t act on those statements… you may have the desire, but you are quite simply more committed to staying where you are than you are to making those changes. You may not like hearing that, but it’s the cold, hard truth. No reason or desire alone will cause you to get into action… only true commitment and willingness to act will do that. If you are committed to what you desire, you will then be willing to take the actions necessary to make it happen. Without willingness, there is no motivation and there is definitely no action.
So how do we actually acquire this elusive, unattainable thing called motivation? It’s simple… ACT!. If you’ve ever heard the saying “a body in motion stays in motion – a body at rest, stays at rest”, it’s a perfect metaphor for this topic. Once you take that first step, just one action, it’s that much easier to take the second and third and so on. Before you know it, those steps or actions are slowly becoming habits and that in itself becomes the motivation! No one bestowed it upon you, you weren’t Knighted the King or Queen of Motivation… YOU created it yourself! Your commitment to what you wanted was greater than your commitment to staying the same and you took action.
So this Holiday season, rather than allowing yourself to fall victim to the usual motivation killers… take a look at what are you are truly committed to and take the actions that align with those commitments. If you do get sidelined, just remember that you ARE the motivation and all it takes is that first step…
Happy Holidays and here’s to an amazing 2018 for all!