Have you ever wanted to do something that you knew would be good for you, but you weren’t feeling “motivated” to do it? Maybe you want to exercise, eat healthier, or reach a similar goal. How can we change “I don’t want to” into done and on-track? How can we get and stay motivated?
Here’s one small mindset adjustment that empowered me in a huge way. Try it - there's zero risk in trying!
I was at one of my lowest points. I was lacking the energy to even begin my day, which eventually slipped into me neglecting my home and my own health. I was in a downward spiral, but I had zero “motivation” to do anything at all. Have you ever felt that way?
I thought of “motivation” or “being motivated” as being excited to do something, but then I began to wonder . . . what is motivation, really? I did some thinking and formulated the following concept to help me overcome challenges.
Motivation: The reason(s) one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Notice that dictionary definition—motivation is a process of the mind; a thought, a decision. It has nothing to do with emotion.
So, then, applying this to physical activity, if I (without much excitement) drag myself out of the house to bike, hike, or move my body in some other way, I have been motivated! I made the decision to get off the couch, get out there, and live life. I don't need to be enthused or excited about it. I made a decision with my mind and did the thing. Therefore, I was motivated.
Enthusiasm, on the other hand, is intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval—an emotion. You do not need to be enthused or excited to be motivated. That is a POWERFUL mindset shift!
Motivation is a process that begins and ends in the mind. Enthusiasm is an emotion. Do not confuse the two.
And that, my friends, is the key to motivating yourself! You decide what you want to do and take action. Trust me, you'll generally feel better for doing it.
Why It Matters to YOU
If you find it hard to muster up the emotion or feeling of enthusiasm or excitement, then consider adjusting your thought process towards the action you want to take by logically weighing the benefits of doing it. This can give you the strength and motivation you need even if you’re not enthused.
Another tip is to consider the question: How will I feel afterward? Meditating on this question is a technique we use for goal-setting during my Aroma Freedom sessions. If reaching goals is challenging for you, go ahead and try that on your own. Focus on how you’ll feel after doing something you find challenging but know will benefit you in the long run. If you need extra support, learn more about Level UP and how it can help empower you.
In the end, I did the things I knew I needed to do and got back on track. I wasn’t necessarily happy about doing them, but I made the decision to do them. Things like taking care of myself and my home. My body wasn't giving me a choice, it was breaking. Fatigue, pain, and stress had become engrained in every fiber of my being. I had to learn to set some gentle but strong boundaries. I went from being a shell of a person to fully claiming my life. In hindsight, I’m glad I took those few small steps.
Consider doing the things that you know within your soul you need to do to manage your life. Bring balance and alignment back to your life. Mentally decide to travel your journey, learn gentle boundaries, and fully claim your life.
How does reading this blog shift your view of motivation? Do you feel better able to move forward? Would you enjoy more tips?
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