Have you ever been so motivated to workout that you knew you had to do it right then and there otherwise you might not ever be that motivated again?
What ended up happening? Did you do it? Did the motivation come back the next day or was it a one time thing and then it was over?
This impulse happens to a lot of people, believe it or not. So much so that it’s been woven into how we communicate together. It’s even created an underlying culture of expecting to fail at things.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone about something they were doing or wanted to do and the undertone was predetermined failure? It’s like they were already predicting that it was going to be short-lived so it didn’t seem worth the effort.
Doesn’t that suck? Total buzz kill.
This happens because of an accepted mentality of all-or-nothing. We sit around and wait for ourselves to get motivated, or worse, we watch a couple of videos on YouTube to pump us up, only for the motivation to leave shortly after. We then crave something more intense to get us the same hit of motivation.
It’s like being a drug addict, right?
The problem here is systemic in nature. We, as a society, have a misconstrued understanding of what it takes to be successful at something, especially when it comes to our health and fitness.
There’s always a reason that comes up for failing too. But it all boils down to our inability to accept that success in something largely comes down to the simple stuff. Being consistent, measuring results, and maintaining some form of accountability.
It’s simple. But that’s the problem. How could a problem so widespread, so all consuming, have such a simple solution…
Mostly because that’s not intuitive to people. Problems that are huge in peoples’ eyes (specifically problems that affect them so much more than anyone else) MUST have huge solutions. Unfortunately, marketers know this and often take advantage of people who feel this way. In life, our success is often tied to our environment. When your environment does not support the success you are looking for, your chances of achieving it become very slim.
Drift happens to so many people because they don’t have a quality coach, team, or trainer to help them stay on track. We need support systems and should not be ashamed to admit that. If you have a goal, allow others to help you and you will find that you don’t always need motivation, but you need action.