Remember all the blogs I wrote about during the summer on being your best self? Neither do I. They never got written. I stopped updating when I lost motivation
We don’t need more motivation. We don’t need more willpower. They’re fleeting and useless when life throws us curveballs or simply gets busy.
I started writing again after some initial motivation. Then it developed into a routine. I keep writing now because I believe this blog needs to be read. There’s a friend out there who hasn’t heard this message. There’s a student who got my business card and has no idea that personal development is a thing.
I figured out why I want to write. And that’s what keeps me going.
Need an ongoing dose for motivation? The “Thank God It’s Monday!” series from Eric Thomas was a a great one. I’ve watched ’em all =)
You have to have a why
In February of 2014, I bought the 21 Day Fix. It made nutrition simpler and easier to understand than anything I ever tried. I was finally seeing the toning results I was looking for.
…those usually got erased a couple times a month. Even though I knew what to do, I didn’t have a good reason for why I was doing it. I knew I wanted to look good. But that didn’t stop me from eating when I was stressed. (Or just bored.)
Ten months later, I found a deep why. My nutrition has been great ever since. And I still get to have my treats.
The dessert spread at my Aunt’s house on Christmas. You never would have known that I’m a healthy eater after…
Your why has to be deep
If it’s a surface level answer, it’s not deep enough. Go deeper.
Why do you want to eat better? (Because I want abs.) Why do you want abs? (Because I want to look good.) Why do you want to look good? (Because I feel better about myself when I look good.) Why do you want to feel better? (Because when I feel better, I do my best and most efficient work towards living my crazy awesome life.) Why do you want to live a crazy awesome life? (Because I can literally cry thinking about it. And I can also literally cry after submitting to a bunch of jobs that I know I don’t want to go to.)
Find your why that makes you cry.
You have to be willing to fail
There’s a myth out there that says if we’ve failed, there’s something wrong with us.
There is nothing wrong with you.
Failure is feedback. Without it, we don’t get better. Tell your ego to chill and go out there and fall a few times.
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When all else fails, remember this: There are others waiting for you to live your crazy awesome life. It’s going to help them. Whether that’s because your dream job involves it, or because you’ll be happier and have a stronger relationship with your significant other, friends and family. There are others counting on you.
How’s that for a strong why?
Have a killer 2016. I’ll see you after a couple of stumbles. I know they’re in store for me too.
Go get ‘em.