We all have off days. Days we feel tired or uninspired. Days when getting out of bed seems like the hardest thing in the world. We wait patiently for that wave of motivation to hit before bouncing into the days activities, but that motivation never comes. The day is wasted.
It’s normal. It happens. But it begs the question? What comes first, the chicken or the egg? I mean… motivation or action?
Motivation doesn’t always come easily. Heck, sometimes it doesn’t come at all. Whether its’s exercising, studying, starting a new project or something else entirely, we have come to expect motivation to precede action. Yes this seems like the logical order of things; BAM! Inspiration strikes, action follows. But unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way.
A photograph of your ‘dream body’, an uplifting quote or simply the realisation that you need to make a change, can certainly prompt positive steps but it doesn’t always make things happen. Motivation isn’t something that magically manifests. We have to create it. And how do we create it? By taking action.
When you start taking action, once you see and feel the benefits, momentum kicks in and suddenly you feel motivated. This is especially true with fitness. It’s never easy to get started, but when it becomes a consistent habit and you begin noticing results, seeing your body change, your fitness increasing, your mind clearing and your energy levels booming, that is when motivation happens.
You just have to make a start!
I get it though. Some days, I don’t want to get out of bed either. All I want to do is snooze through that 5am alarm, or lay in bed instead of going to the gym. Other times I think to myself, ‘I’ll just wait until I feel like getting up’. However, the problem with waiting (procrastinating) until I’m in the mood to exercise or the mood to write or the mood to catch up with someone, is that in most cases, that mood never arrives.
If you are constantly waiting for the perfect moment, you’ll never get anything done. The perfect moment to start is right now!
If you wait until you ‘feel like it’, it’ll never happen. You cannot wait around for motivation to come to you. You just have to get up, get moving and (in the wise words of Nike), ‘JUST DO IT!’
Eloise is a blogger and freelance writer passionate about all things health, fitness and positive wellbeing. With a journalism degree, nutrition studies and Certificate III in Fitness under her belt, alongside a genuine love for writing, it is Eloise’s purpose to inspire, motivate and educate people on living their best possible life. This article was first published on One Active Life, a space in which Eloise can let her ever-growing love for active living and positive thinking spill out. The philosophy behind the One Active Life motto, ‘Active Body, Active Mind, Active World’ is based on Eloise’s belief that the three must work in harmony with one another to establish a healthy and balanced life.
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