Motivation. Bah Humbug.
For many years I’ve heard motivational talks when I was playing sports, about how we would beat the other team, or do this or do that, to get us fired up. Mainly from a captain who had good intentions but frankly wasn’t quite up to scratch in motivating anyone. If anything quite the opposite.
Or the other form of motivation, in the work place which went something along the lines of some of these…..
‘get your arse in the office early or you’re in deep sh*t’.
‘if you don’t sort it out pretty soon, you can say goodbye to your Xmas bonus’.
‘I don’t care what’s happening in your personal life, if you value your job you won’t worry about holidays’.
Those were the sort of motivational gems we used to get often. I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be the donkey and carrot scenario to get us to feel good and be grateful we had a job or that we may even get that Xmas bonus they were promising.
Looking back it was a motivational kick in the family jewels to be honest.
The same could apply with going to the gym or improving your personal performance..
Why would you want to be motivated to get up at the crack of dawn in the middle of winter and get yourself out to the gym and on a treadmill for 45 minutes when you could stay in the warm and snug comfy bed for another 30 minutes.
But would that really get you the results you want? Of course not.
Wouldn’t it feel much better to be inspired to actually do something? That all depends on what you want to achieve and the why you want to achieve it.
Getting yourself in shape and losing weight is a good goal. But the ‘why’ will make all the difference.
To look good in a bikini next summer is a motivational thought to help get you reach your goal maybe. But to look good, feel better in yourself and be healthy not for just the summer but for the rest of your life; so you can see your kids or your grandchildren is in my opinion an inspiring thought.
Inspiring so you can be healthy enough to take the kids to the park, actually play with them and see them running around smiling, rather than being overweight, unhealthy and struggle with walking let alone running around with them.
Or being inspired to improve yourself and get some of that spring back in your step, be healthier and be able to feel better about you.
How about just being able to perform better in all areas of your life, including you enjoying your work.
Ask yourself the ‘why’ you’re doing it and see what answers you come up with. Write them down and see what each means. You may be surprised by what you find.
It may seem a bit woo woo and 'out there' but I can guarantee you I’ve met enough people who wish they started being a bit more woo woo or knew something about woo woo years ago rather than being seriously in trouble, not only health wise but in many areas of their lives.
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