Let’s talk about motivation. Motivation is a powerful thing, but being motivated can only get you so far.
Over the past year I’ve spoken with many people who struggle with the motivation monster. The monster that eats up every ounce of motivation you had when you decided to start your journey. The monster that creeps in when results and progress slow down. The monster that sometimes holds you back from starting at all.
Do you know what I am talking about? It might be an all too familiar scenario for you. I know it was for me. In the past year I’ve definitely faced my monster multiple times, but the one thing that really kept me going was my determination to stay motivated.
I know it sounds crazy and you might say, well isn’t and shouldn’t motivation be enough? It would be great if that were the case, wouldn’t it?! Let’s break it down into terms and compare a few.
The dictionary defines motivation as:
1. the act or an instance of motivating
2. desire to do; interest or drive
3. incentive or inducement
We can all come up with a reason of why we want to get fit and be healthy. The why is all too easy. I wanted this life for me because I wanted to be the healthiest and happiest person I could be for my family. I didn’t want to feel trapped and hidden in a body I didn’t recognize.
But what happens when your “why” changes? What happens when your motivation isn’t clear anymore?
That’s when determination comes into play.
The dictionary defines determination as:
1. the act or and instance of making a decision
2. condition of being determined; resoluteness
Being determined is what will ultimately keep you going. Everyone can have the motivation to want to do something, but having the determination to stick it through when times get rough is the hard part.
For me my motivating factors are constantly changing. At first it was training for the marathon. I was motivated by the goal in sight, but there were days where I began to question my motives. Why was I doing this? Well, because I had made the decision to dedicate the time and energy and to complete the task at hand. This is why I am a firm believer in setting goals.
A goal can provide motivation and the act of commitment will provide the will and determination to keep that motivation alive. Does that make sense? They go hand in hand and together create an unstoppable momentum that will keep you going. Much like a rolling stone won’t gather moss, a person who is striving for new goals will be less likely to lose their motivation.
For me, starting new beachbody programs is what helps me keep my motivation alive. I am setting mini-goals through the course of each program. The end goal is always to follow the program and complete it. Earning my free shirt and sharing my results at the end are things that help push me forward. Much like collecting race bibs, completing these programs and earning my shirts are my badges of honor. They show that I stuck it through and met my goal.
What keeps your motivation alive? What goals are you setting for yourself?