Sunday, November 09, 2008
I was reading a motivational article recently that hit home. www.sparkpeople.com/reso
It reminded me that motivation is not some magical concept that some people have and some don't or that I have some days and not others. Rather, I choose to have it with my actions and my daily decisions. As Coach Dean states in the article:
"Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, powerful or victimized, normal or pathological. If you want to be able to motivate yourself, you need to begin seeing yourself as active, effective, powerful, and normal."
Instead of feeling that I have 'lost' my motivation and see that as a 'reason' for me not succeeding at my weight loss goals, I realize that I have messed up, made some bad choices with my lifestyle lately, and THAT is not only responsible for my lack of success, but a big factor in feeling like I have lost my motivation. I have created this situation. The good news? I can create a new reality for myself. By remembering that my lifestyle and my success is based on the little choices I make daily (what food to reach for when hungry, which treats to pass up, how to fit exercise into my busy life) I can actively choose to create my own success.
To this end, I have placed a large banner on my fridge upon which is written a single word:
It is my reminder to make those choices that will see me to my goal!
As Coach Dean concludes:
"The story you are telling yourself at any moment is the foundation of your motivation, or lack of it. Make sure you are telling yourself the story you need to hear. And the best way to really come to believe your story is to see it come true in the small, well-chosen steps you take every day."