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."

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    Great blog and quotes from Coach Dean.
    and thanks for commenting on my page
    4299 days ago
    Ah the power of choice. Isn't it amazing how hard it is to realize we have it? Great work!
    4338 days ago
    i love Coach Dean's words of wisdom! He's so down to Earth and has "been there." i'm glad you found his article helpful!

    4340 days ago
    This is great! One of the things I need to decide is how to budget my time. My doctor is telling me that if I don't decide correctly, my health will suffer significantly. I have to learn to say "NO" when necessary while still doing the meaningful things in my life. Thanks for the blog.
    4342 days ago
    Excellent! I'm totally going to borrow that and put it on my fridge too...thank you for sharing!
    4404 days ago
    So true, CJ! Well said!
    4405 days ago
    What a great reminder and simple -DECIDE. I have my goals posted on the refrigerator, but one word says it all. Maybe I should put it on my mirror, so I see it each morning.
    Thank you for sharing.
    4405 days ago
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