Thursday, February 21, 2008

Finding Your True Motivation

Yesterday, I wrote about how family and friends can sabotage your efforts to get healthy.

To combat the many people and circumstances that may make your job even more challenging, you need to discover the most burning reason you want to get fit. You have to keep asking yourself, "Why?".

Your initial answer may be that you want to look good and feel better about yourself. O.K. but why do you want to look good and feel better? Then your response may be that you're sick of having no energy and staying home alone watching T.V. every night.

When you ask yourself, "Why do I want to get out more?", you may realize that it's because you're lonely and not confident enough to jump into the dating pool feeling the way you do about yourself. Just keep asking why and peeling the onion. You have to keep digging until you discover your deepest motivation for dumping the fat and getting healthy.

Without that true motivation to remind yourself of daily, you're far more likely to give up on your new lifestyle when you're tired and ordering takeout is easier than preparing something healthy or when work gets crazy busy and stressful or when friends tempt you with pizza or when you don't feel like going to the gym.

Making the necessary changes in your nutrition and lifestyle will be easier if you can unearth the root of your desire to be healthy and fit. You'll be more committed to becoming the person you want to be because your desire will be stronger.

As Dr. James Gordon says, "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."


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