Get Fit Stay Fit Challenge Week 3: Motivation

Our generation is living in a world where everything we want is at our fingertips.  We are impatient and expect instant satisfaction.  While this may not be a problem in some aspects of our lives, when it comes to things that take hard work and most importantly, time it can affect our ability to reach success.

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Have you ever started something with so much energy, enthusiasm and commitment only to lose complete motivation a few weeks later?  Do you blame life’s situations, the resources available to you or your lack of will power?

Losing or lacking motivation  happens to the best of us.  I even think it happens the most when our goal is related to health and fitness.   When we grow up thinking that if we do certain actions, certain results should happen and we have expectations as to how quickly they should happen, its very easy to get upset, discouraged and quit when the results we expect are not instantaneous.

What I hope to get across in today’s blog post is that our lack of motivation has little to do with our situation or will power and a lot to do with our initial reason for starting what every journey we embarked on.  Your success in any endeavor is related to how strong a pull your reason for starting has on you.

If I told you that the only way to keep your mother and father alive was to exercise 5 days a week and eat fresh fruits and vegetable 90% of the time, would you do it?   Chances are that you 100% would.  Why? Well, because the reason (keeping your parents alive) has a strong pull on you.  Now if I told you that if you exercised 5 days a week and eat fresh fruits and vegetables 90% of the time I would give you $20.  Chances are you would be more likely to lose motivation and not complete the goal because the reason to do (me giving you $20) has no meaningful or strong value or pull on you.

I strongly believe that in order for you to never lack motivation or quit on a goal because of the time it takes to see results, the reason for accomplishing that goal needs to be strong enough that the only thing worse than failing, is quitting.

I’ve been on this weight loss journey for a while and I have gained weight, lost it and gained it again but my desire to get fit and stay fit for the rest of my life and make it a lifestyle is stronger than anything I have ever felt.  If you want to hear me discuss a little further about how I stay motivated to continue eating healthy and exercising daily, head over to my youtube channel by clicking here. But before you do that, I want to hear from all of you.

What is your reason for wanting a healthier life?

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