March 14, 2012

Workout Wednesday - Motivation

When I started on the road to better health in January I didn't know where it would lead. I wasn't sure I was ready to keep it up and to grow. But, as I have said all along, I'm taking one small step at a time, working The Kaizen Way. I read a lot of articles that say you need to do ___ for ___ minutes for ____ days every week for success. Then I turn away and say to myself "I need to do what I can, where I am, with what I have today." That has made a huge difference for me.

There are always external things we think will motivate us, but when it comes right down to it, we motivate ourselves. My internal dialogue is what keeps me waking up every day to exercise. The dialogue that says "you can't complain about your belly, if you're not willing to do anything about it" or the one that says "today is a good day to keep moving". Waking in the morning has become easier, dare I say a habit, that I now can't not do every weekday. However, results also help keep me moving. The old saying goes "if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten", as I see, feel and experience changes I'm motivated to keep moving in the direction of those changes. As long as I continue to see positive results, there is no reason to stop pushing forward. Has my routine gotten harder? Yes. Do I want to stop sometimes or skip a step? Yes. Have I skipped, stopped or reduced? No. Why? Because I think to myself, "after these next few minutes I'm going to feel great that I got through it and my day will go well".

If you haven't started yet, what are you waiting for? Every day is a good day to start. However, the motivation must come from you and your internal dialogue with yourself. That is a huge lesson I learned in this journey. Today is today. It's your chance. If you don't take it, you are to be held accountable, no one else.

What motivates you to keep going along your journey?

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Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Good for you!

Nancy said...

You are so inspirational in this project! I'm so happy for you that you are finding so much inner discipline. And you are right, motivation does come from within!

Additionsstyle said...

Good for you for staying on track and keeping yourself motivated! I am always just happy to get up everyday and drag myself to the gym. I am going to have to take your lead and find my internal motivation.
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