Have you ever had a friend that you felt like you could never count on? Maybe you had plans with them and they were always late or never even showed at all. They changed like the weather. Well, I get it. I have two friends like that…yes, TWO! They are motivation and inspiration. And man oh man, they are fickle. I never know what to expect from those two. 😉
Maybe you know them? If you do, let me tell you…waiting for our old friends motivation and inspiration can be a losing game.
Now, you can probably come up with a lot of reasons about why you can’t start or stick with a training program, or why eating better is so hard. (I can too!) Maybe you’ve told yourself you’re not in good enough shape yet, you don’t have time, or you just don’t know what to do (so you’ll do a little more research right?). Or maybe you think This is just me. I’m not that person yet. I’ve not been able to stick with it before. I’m just not motivated. I just need to get inspired! You don’t! You don’t need them!
Donuts or eggs for breakfast this morning? Oh, I’d love some donuts for sure!! Every. Day! However, I’m going to choose eggs this morning because that’s more in line with my goals and I know a donut is not going to start my day off right (as in will make me feel bad and I’ll be hungry in 5 mins). So while I’m not exactly motivated or inspired to choose the eggs, I’m going to do it anyway. Because those are fickle, fickle friends and I just can’t count on them for anything. I don’t need them to do what I need to do. They come and go as they please. And that workout later today. I may not be motivated, but I’m going to go ahead and get it done anyway….with or without my friends.
Oh, I do have one good friend and you do too. It’s called ACTION. And action beats motivation every single time. Action just runs in and saves the day. Action will always be there as long as I allow it. When I’m busy with ACTION, I don’t have time to think about my two fickle friends or anything else that may hold me back.
Most of us are never really that motivated to do things…we just practice working through that. We know the benefits of simply taking action. We just do the thing we don’t wanna do. And somewhere in the middle of action, motivation may appear.
So, here’s a challenge for you this week. When you come across something that you might normally wait to do (because you’re waiting on a little motivation to appear)…call in your friend ACTION and just do it. See what happens.