*This blog goes with episode 21 of the 1LIFE1YOU Podcast. You can listen below or check it out on all streaming platforms*
In the fitness world, and really, in the social media world, #Motivation is SUPER popular. Between the Instagram hashtags and photos, to the Pinterest posts, you can not escape the word.
But, is it something you should seek out?
When do you feel motivated? Seeing your favorite celebrity/athlete doing things, or looking how you’d like to? Or seeing the IG video that makes you want to go workout? Or maybe that Pinterest pin that really speaks to your soul???
Whatever it is, you’re inspired, you’re motivated to get up and get moving. Which is awesome! Whatever or however you get yourself going is great! It’s great to have goals and want to go out and crush them.
In that way, motivation is great.
But, just having motivation alone will not get it done.
Motivation without a plan is nothing.
Motivation without action is nothing.
It ends up being just a good feeling. It’s just you giving yourself a reward without doing any actual work.
If you have a goal, you have to know that you will not always be motivated to achieve it… The cool thing is, you don’t have to be!
Action does not need motivation.
Discipline will always outweigh motivation.
Being in this crazy fitness/coaching/trainer world, I hear sayings like, “I’m just not motivated to workout (or meal prep, or go to the gym or work on that project)….
And when that happens ( it ALWAYS happens), you really have to look at your goals.
Do you REALLY want to lose weight, get stronger, healthier, fitter?
If the answer is NO, that’s cool. Let’s sit and figure out a different goal.
But, if the answe is YES, then you have to move past motivation.
Motivation can get you started, but it won’t ever keep you going. Discipline will. Building daily habits will. Action will.
Question: How often are you motivated to go to work? Or to get up and brush your teeth?
You usually aren’t. You are disciplined, you have the habit built. Your goals should be treated the same way.
Stop relying on motivation to get things done. Focus on consistency. Day in. Day out. Skip the hashtags. Stop watching the motivational videos, and do the work.
Find your own goals, and take action.