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.
Do you remember being a kid and having the ability to improvise with whatever situation you were in? If you were stuck on a long car trip, you would think up a game to play. Or if the weather was bad and you couldn’t go outside, you would invent something fun to do. Or during a power outage, you pretended you were living in ancient times.
As an only child growing up, I was in that situation countless times. Boredom didn’t defeat me; it challenged me to be creative and productive in the moment. There were no limits on what I could think up, imagine, or do. I was fabulous at putting on dance shows for imaginary audiences, creating enough artwork to fill a museum, and pretending that roller skating in my grandmother’s basement was an Olympic sport.
As we get older sometimes we forget what that is like because we get caught up with all the stresses and worries of an overscheduled busy life. And sometimes use those stresses as excuses for not bothering to keep up with healthy intentions. When things don’t go as expected, it is easy to get off track and get flustered.
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.
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS