Why You Don’t Need Motivation

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Trying to get yourself motivated is a pain, isn’t it?

You know you there are things you should be doing to get healthier, feel stronger, and get a bit leaner.

But it’s so damn hard to get MOTIVATED to do those things.

Coming off a long weekend here in Canada, it’s normal to feel a bit sluggish.

Although I managed a long bike ride with my son and took him swimming one day, I also spent an inordinate amount of time lying around reading A Clash of Kings (the second book in the Game of Thrones series) in my mom’s backyard.

So I’m feeling more well-rested, but perhaps lacking slightly in enthusiasm today.

Now I need to “get motivated”, right?

Nah.

Today I’ll hit the gym to do a weights workout (LEGS!) because it’s part of my routine.

Even though I had an extra day off from the gym to spend time with my family, there’s nothing to contemplate today.

Back to work, back to the gym.

Everyone thinks that motivation is the answer.

“If I just had the motivation to work out!”

“If I only had the motivation to prepare some healthy meals!”

Motivation is NOT what you need.

You’re better off going to the gym and doing a half-hearted workout while feeling completely unmotivated than you are spending that time on the couch reading a motivation book to get you pumped.

I’m not saying that motivating books aren’t great (and I’m writing one myself!), but at some point you’ve got to stop reading and start DOING.

Lots of enthusiasm isn’t necessary to make progress.

Because what really makes a difference is ACTION, not motivation.

ACTION gets you the results you want.

Do the action and you’ll find the motivation.

If you’re feeling a bit tired, work out anyway.

The motivation will probably (although admittedly not always!) find you.

If it doesn’t, you can stop after 30 minutes and call it quits.

That 30-minute workout is better than nothing.

And it works a lot better than sitting around saying to yourself that you’ll start eating right and working out tomorrow.

Nike’s slogan is a cliche now, but they had it right.

Just do it.

Don’t question it.

It doesn’t need to be perfect (whether it’s your nutrition or your workouts).

You don’t even need to commit 100%.

Just give what you have to give right now.

Take one step forward and don’t worry about your distance from the goal.

You don’t need to be super-enthusiastic and gung-ho to do the work.

Just get it done.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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