What is Motivation?
Some people know better then do better and others know better, yet, continue to self-sabotage. Which one will you be? ~ Lisa Gore
1) The example that I am going to discuss is one from my recent pass. This is because I have taken the necessary steps to succeed as it pertains to this goal. Because I not only desire to look great, but to feel great as well, I never gave up on the fight to become healthy and in shape. Looking, feeling, and being my best became very important to me when I began to possess a healthy self-worth.
What prevented me from succeeding in the past was my lack of determination and self-love when I had bouts of depression and post traumatic stress. I “loved” myself in the ways that I was “loved” by others in my past, which I had come to discover was not love at all, although it appeared to be.
Once I reprogrammed my mind by studying God’s design for me, getting help through counseling and therapy, reading self-help books, and other research, I had a new found understanding of what a healthy relationship with myself looked like. I placed myself in a healthy eating program and today I’m a new creature living out my goals and dreams (in a very beautiful body I might add).
2) All of one’s success is not only based on motivation. Other factors include activation, persistence or determination, and intensity.
Often time’s people procrastinate because they do not feel motivated. Whether they are looking to others, a song, or a spark in the sky to deliver that motivation I do not know. What I do know is that often times we must motivate ourselves. We must look at ourselves in the mirror and have a heartfelt conversation with ourselves about what we truly want in life. Not what others want from us, for us, out of us, or through us, but what our personal desires are.
Then we must love ourselves enough to not let anything stand in the way of getting that, especially ourselves. As long as what we desire for ourselves is good, legal, and morally right, nothing can or should stop us from being successful.
We can dream and hope all the day long, but nothing will happen for us if we do not take action. Sometimes we will have to act and be persistent when we feel down & out and motivation is far from us, in doing so we can gain some momentum and then begin to feel motivated. The key is being dedicated and determined to move in a positive direction regardless of how we feel and the moment. Often times I don’t feel like going to the gym and working out while my body suffers pain. But when it’s all over said and done, I never regret it and who I see staring back at me in the full-length mirror is all the motivation I need to keep going! Finally, when I turned up the intensity in this new positive behavior, victory became mine!