Motivation is a key ingredient for achieving any goal in life. Take the achievement of developing and living your most healthful lifestyle. Most of us have been negatively influenced by the draws of eating things that merely “taste good” but have no nutritional value.
Exercise and daily physical activity have fallen prey to the mental fatigue of stress and debilitating relaxation of armchair activities. Is there any wonder why motivation is necessary?
What Is Motivation? Motivation is the process of grasping an incentive and using it to force a move to action. It is a motive force that drives one to change their circumstances. Motivation is the engine of success!
No Pain, No Gain?
While reading an article authored by Tom Venuto, bestselling author of Feed The Muscle: Fat Burning Secrets of the World’s Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models, I came across this excerpt I’d like to share.
No Pain, No Gain. Is this aphorism just a fitness myth and downright bad advice? A lot of people seem to think so. As a bodybuilder with 25 years of training experience and more than two dozen trophies on my shelf, I have another perspective to offer you. Success with your body and in every area of your life is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and that means embracing pain
To reach high levels of physical and personal success you must approach your training, and your entire life, as an endeavor in constant growth. The ultimate truth is, you are either moving forward or moving backward; growing or dying. There’s no such thing as comfortably maintaining. (e.g., Venuto, No Pain No Gain: Fitness Myth or Ultimate Fitness Truth?, 2010, para. 1&2)
Venuto is very clear on his stand that there is no growth without pain. The pain may not always be physical. Lessons in ethics or morality are usually not physically painful. But the mental and emotional anguish experienced as a result often causes severe discomfort and distraction; hence pain.
Physical pain or not, recovery from such an experience requires a process. The steps of denial, anger, grief, and recovery are very real and emotionally painful. The person exiting the experience is never the same person who entered it.
Motivation and Comfort Zone
It is easy to become complacent when we are comfortable with “things as they are.” With religious zeal we go about the business of digging a rut that becomes familiar and safe: next to impossible to escape from. This is our “comfort zone.”
The comfort zone has a name and is anything but comfortable. Its true name is complacency. It is a prison that defies creativity and spontaneity. It saps your energy and whispers negativity in your ear during moments of inspiration. Escape for many is not a reality and why?
It’s because complacency is the silent and underhanded killer of dreams. It cradles you in its arms and rocks you to sleep under the disguise of being familiar and comfortable. It is the master of misdirection and procrastination.
Complacency is the death knell of success!
Motivation is the only force that can break the cycle of complacency. It forces you to become impatient with “things as they are” and seek the new normal. It inspires you to be daring, overcome the fear of uncertainty, and endure the pain of change.
Your Motivation is Up To You!
The one main problem with motivation is that it is internally inspired. Sure there are many gurus who make fabulous livings from marketing product lines that supposedly inspire and motivate. But no matter how many dollars you spend on tapes, seminars, books, and the like; the spark that moves you to action lies deep inside of you.
It is your job to find that internal spark that moves you to achieve a healthful lifestyle, or establish your own business, or quit smoking cigarettes, or whatever your goal or dream may be. Motivation, like faith, is a motive force. It moves you to action. Only you can access it and engage it for your use.