Many people rely on motivation to get them through their day. “Once I am motivated, I will do X, Y, and Z.” While motivation is a great fundamental aspect to have in your life, you should not rely on it to accomplish all of your tasks for you because it will fail you.
What happens when you aren’t motivated to workout, do homework, household chores, etc.? Do you complete them anyways or do you wait until you are motivated? The problem with waiting until you are motivated to accomplish a task is that you will never be “motivated enough” to do the tasks you do not want to do but rather have to do.
Let me give you an example, I try to work out six days a week and have one active recovery day. I know that my body needs to move each and every day. Not because I am trying to fix the way I look, but because I know that my body will thank me for it and I know that it is essential to my mental health.
Am I EXTREMELY motivated to work out every single day? No. In fact, there are some days where I want nothing but to lay in my bed and be lazy (don’t we all). However, I know that 99% of the time that is not what my body needs or wants. I know that if I work out, I will be in a better mood and it will set me up for a productive and amazing day.
I do not rely on motivation. I rely on discipline.
“Motivation is a luxury, not a prerequisite for change.” – Kelly Yager
Motivation relies on the mood that you are in. Whether that may be a productive or an unproductive mood. There are days where you want to absolutely crush all of your duties and there are days where that is the last thing you want to do (at least that is how it is for me). The problem lies in depending on the mood that you’re in, rather than realizing that you have something to accomplish and knowing there is a reason behind it.
If I were to depend on my motivation to workout, do homework, or work, I would not be where I am today. I’m glad I don’t. I’m extremely thankful that I have cultivated discipline to accomplish what I need to throughout my day. I know that if I work out my body will thank me, I know that if I do my homework and study my grades will thank me, I know that doing the dishes is an essential part of life, and I know that if I work my bank account will thank me (and it is just a necessity of life).
There is a huge emphasis on motivation in society today and even though it is a great tool to have, it should not be the only tool in your toolbox. Motivation is a great thing to have and build excitement upon, but do not expect it to accomplish all of your daily tasks with it.
This next week is Balance Sweat & Cheers WORKOUT WEEK in which a new workout will be released each and every day. I challenge you to step into this week with more determination and discipline than you had last week. I challenge you to try one of Balance Sweat & Cheers workouts. I challenge you to become the best person you can be, for you and for no one else. It all lies in the space between your ears. You have the opportunity to change the way you live to become the best you. Do not cut yourself short.
Make sure to check Balance Sweat & Cheers each day this week as there will be exciting news, workouts, and announcements coming your way.