In the beginning, motivation is self-realising. That is, by simply getting started and doing something, can really help to re-energise you, make you feel as though you have achieved something which can in turn, be self rewarding. Sometimes, just the realisation that you ‘can’ do it and you ‘are’ doing it, generates self-motivation.
The most detrimental thing to the development of motivation is if we do NOTHING.
In a nutshell, physiological changes happen in our body and mind when we exercise and eat nourishing food. If you’re always saying to yourself I’m too tired, I’m too busy, I’m too sick, I’m too exhausted, I can’t do this, I don’t understand, and you’re not doing anything; then that little ‘get going’ trigger that sits inside of you will never kick into gear. The motivation cycle needs you to DO – take some kind of small action – to get the wheels of motivation to start turning.
That’s why it’s so important that we start SOMETHING.
To explain the SOMETHING philosophy a little more, imagine a balanced scale. On one side there’s giving it your ALL – absolutely dropping everything and doing it – an extreme version of exercise. You must do it. Every day. That’s giving it your all, and giving it your all requires a high level of commitment and sacrifice.
On the other side of the scale is NOTHING, which means that absolutely nothing is happening when it comes to exercise or eating well.
We usually choose to do nothing because of a whole range of reasons. The common reasons I see and hear are,
1. I just can’t manage it. (They lack confidence and motivation or they think they can’t fit it in amongst their busy schedule.)
2. I’m not into fitness. It doesn’t really apply to me or my lifestyle.
Honestly, nothing could be further from the truth.
In both of these circumstances life still carries on with all the demands on time. Everyone has excuses for not exercising – too busy, too sick, too tired, too stressed. These are the top four excuses that float through the mind when avoiding exercise. However, what we do know about exercise and eating well is that it actually allows us to cope better with stress, sickness, tiredness and busyness (including overwhelm), more effectively. We use these four excuses as a reason why we are not motivated, however, they are the exact reasons as to why we should be motivated. Keep this in mind: there’s an exercise that exists that will fit into any amount of time, and a time, for any amount of exercise.
SOMETHING is all about fitting in what you can with your lifestyle and life priorities. It’s not about dropping everything to exercise for four weeks only to find you can’t maintain that intensity and drop off the wagon. It’s about developing a long term sustainable habit that absorbs life’s curve balls and all the individual levels of motivation that cycle up and down frequently. Having something hum along with life is where the big wins occur as we have a deep belief and motivation for the long term benefits and the big picture.
So where do you start?
‘Joy’s 21 Day Fitness Hub’ and ‘Fitness for Life’ programs, progress through a range of concepts that aim to develop motive and motivation for each individual as they go along. For example, the daily exercise, daily stretch and fitness sessions allow you to get involved and start feeling your way through fitness – or for those who used to be into it – remind you how it feels again.
This is getting you going!
~ Joy McClymont, Motivational Mojo Ebook