Saturday, May 28, 2011

Motivation is overrated

I have decided I am buying a shirt with one of my favorite sayings:

Motivation is overrated, JUST DO IT.

I love this saying because it is so true. These have been the words I live by since December. I think WAY too many Americans make too many excuses. I know I did, and at times still do.

How many times have you said things to yourself like:

I had a long hard work week, I should be allowed to eat this pizza,

or I have to get up super early this week and have 2 meetings, I don't have enough energy to workout.


The thing is, if you are always waiting for some motivation to show up, chances are you will never reach your goals. Of course there are days where I have motivation. The sun is shining, I'm feeling good, I could take on the world. Sometimes this comes from an unusually good mood or from being over-caffienated.

But most days I am ridiculously tired. I have a million things to do. I have two kids who take all my energy and the last thing I have is motivation to do anything.

I have come to realize I cannot always wait for motivation...I just need to DO IT. If I get my gym clothes on and force myself to go to the gym, somehow I find the energy to workout. If I pull the healthy food out of the fridge, I will cook it, even if I really want to be lazy and get takeout.

Motivation is usually missing, I just have to do it anyway.

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