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Where does your motivation come from?

Posted February 13th, 2020 @ 11:02am by: Jessica Olson

I want to start this post with a scripture:

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores it's provisions in summer, and gathers its food at harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8)

There is much to be learned from the small yet mighty ant! She has no instructor, no one guiding her ways. She has no materialistic goal to tend to, yet she is strong, and diligent. She relies on an inner motivation. I believe there is a strength in the motivation we have within ourselves. It drives us to make healthy choices when no one is overseeing us.

Tuesday, I spoke about Change, which I felt was an important thing to address as we are embarking on a journey towards changing our daily habits and incorporating healthier ones.

Today, I want to talk about motivation, which is another core piece of any journey towards change.

What motivates your choices? Do you want to set a healthy example for your children, loose weight to fit into an old pair of jeans, maybe you had health scare, the list goes on and on.

In my experience lasting motivation has to be found within. It can be fleeting when anchored to a specific goal. For example, I tend to revert to an all or nothing mentality, and I have to constantly remind myself of that inner motivation, the thing that fuels me to keep going forward after I have slipped from a plan, or fallen short of a goal I set for myself.

I tend to get overzealous with my goals! I'm a dreamer, and my dreams are constantly evolving! I'm always adding things that I want to do.but before I can take that step forward there has to be a plan, and if I can't check every box then.yep you guessed it, its back to the drawing board. This mentality has not helped me in the past. Each time I saw a goal go unfulfilled; I lost a piece of faith in myself. What I needed to do is let that inner motivation carry me forward. The motivation that isn't tethered to these hypothetical boxes, I felt ,needed to be checked. And it's not motivated by someone watching over me to ensure I do make the healthy choice.

My point being, when we set goals, and make hard changes, we need to know that our drive, that motivation, will be constant. When we have days we want to quit, days we eat less then superb, or the energy to exercise just isn't there, we have to pull out that inner motivation and remind ourselves of why we started this in the first place!

My inner motivation has changed a lot throughout the years, and I have learned so much about myself. When I stopped focusing so hard on who I thought I should be, I realized I could step back and learn who I actually was. I have grown so much from learning to cherish the person I am, instead of focusing on all that needed to change BEFORE I could be the person I wanted to be. This realization has changed my life!

These changes helped me see that my biggest motivators are my faith, and my family. Being the best version of myself for them. Practicing kind, patient, and supportive attitudes towards them. I want the healthy habits that I practice in my daily life to be what they grow up seeing. I also want them to have a mother that takes time for herself, knowing that will benefit all of us in the long run.

As for my faith, when I am fueling my body correctly, and exercising the way God intended us to, my spiritual life is SO much stronger. When I realized we don't have to compartmentalize the passions we have in life, and wove my faith and health into one it really changed everything for me!

So, my challenge to you today, is to write out three things that motivate you? Then find one inner motivation that cannot fade when a goal is reached, or disappear when life gets stressful?

Like I said, for me, that driving forces are my faith, and my family. I used to always need a goal. I was training for a race, I wanted to get back to my high school weight, yeah right, I wanted to give up a certain category of food for 80 days, and while these are all great goals to have, I needed a more constant source to keep my motivation strong when these goals had come and gone.

I also challenge you, if you haven't already, to pray on how you can welcome the lord into your daily health practices. I think when you do, you will find a strength you didn't know was possible, (I know I did)!

In Good Health,

The Fit Fix-