My morning started with a Facebook message from a friend. She was asking me for some advice. She wanted to know, “How do you stay motivated to better yourself?” She’s at a point in her life where she wants to start something new, but can’t stay motivated to do so.
In the last week I’ve had a few of you reach out to me directly in private messages…and boy, let me tell you, THANK YOU.
You honestly do not know how much it means to me to know that I’m reaching even ONE of you. Sharing these stories from others and sharing my life, it’s not always easy. But, it’s my commitment to give back to others what God has placed inside of me. A desire to give. A desire to help.
Now, back to my friend’s question, “How do you stay motivated to better yourself?”
Well, that’s a simple answer. I don’t.
I don’t stay motivated.
Motivation is fleeting.
It doesn’t just stay with you all the time.
The truth of the matter is, most of the time you really will not have a DESIRE to do what you need to do. I know that I don’t always have that desire. Most of the time, I’m fighting the desire to just waste time and not be productive. The point is that we can not rely on motivation to push us through.
- Motivation can be here in the morning and be gone by noon.
So, what do we do?
Well for me, I have to decide to DO IT ANYWAY.
I have to get disciplined.
Discipline over motivation. When it comes to the two, I’ll take discipline ANY DAY.
I’m constantly working on being more disciplined because THAT’S what you will need to have when the motivation just isn’t there.
You’ll have to have the strength to just do it anyway when you don’t even feel like it.
That’s how we build ourselves up. That’s how we get better. It’s not by being MOTIVATED to, it’s by being DISCIPLINED.
I’m talking to myself…this applies to all aspects of life. But, let’s take health and fitness for example. When I tell you that I have eaten terrible and not stepped foot in the gym all week…THE STRUGGLE. I wasn’t motivated to do it. *insert all of my excuses here.*
My lack of discipline let me use my busy work schedule, and being TIRED as an excuse.
See what I’m saying?
So, to answer my friend’s question…and the question of so many of us…we just WILL NOT always be motivated.
Let’s start focusing on whipping ourselves into shape even when we do not want to.
This can be applied to everything in our lives. Relationship stuff, job stuff, family stuff, fitness stuff, spiritual growth stuff…ALL.OF.IT.
Motivation is cool. But, don’t wait on it!