I have a habit of collecting motivating quotes. When I see one that I like, I either write it down, save it to my phone, or actually print it out and post it up on a bulletin board in my office.
Motivating quotes are...motivating. And motivation is GREAT. It gets you fired up and in the mood to do something awesome. But...it isn't enough to keep you on the road to success.
Many people think they aren't achieving their goals because they are not motivated. Or they think that they need to keep seeking out motivation in order to lose weight, get in shape, eat better or whatever it is they are wanting to do.
Motivation (or lack thereof) is not the problem.
What does 2017 hold in store for you? Do you have goals and desires that have been simmering under the surface for awhile? Will this be THE year that you lose weight? Get healthier? Get in shape? Run a marathon?
Are you making New Year's resolutions?
Are you telling yourself things like: "THIS is the year I'm going to eat better and get fit."
Making resolutions when a new year begins may seem to be motivating, but the trouble is that many people abandon those resolutions as soon as a slip-up or setback happens. The fact of the matter is that slip-ups and setbacks ALWAYS happen. Perfection with diet and fitness (or anything) is not possible.
"I get very hungry at work and I start eating everything. How do I stop them from bringing that stuff to work???"
And my reply was..."You DON'T stop them."
So you have committed to a diet plan for yourself and you are super motivated and determined because THIS time you are going to stick to it. Your intentions are to follow it PERFECTLY. "That’s it, I’m going to be good starting tomorrow!" (whatever your definition of “good” is).
You start off like a rockstar eating perfectly. But then a few days go by and life gets in the way. You find yourself starving after a late unexpected meeting at work. Or there was no time to cook dinner after driving your kids to baseball practice. Before you know it, you ordered a pizza and 3 slices later your perfect diet intentions go up in smoke. Might as well give up because what’s the point, right?
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS