Motivation begins as a seed, a twinge that something has to change.
Sometimes we know for sure what that is and at times we just know something is not right.
Life is a complicated, messy, confusion of for sure’s or not for sure’s
Once we have an idea what needs to change, our energy intensifies, because now we are convinced we know for sure.
Interestingly, the for sure’s of yesterday feels different from the for sure’s of today.
This is when it gets crazy, if I knew eating smaller meals was the right thing yesterday and worked like a mad hatter to achieve it why do I feel different today?
Today is a whole different beast of what was I thinking’s, I don’t feel like it’s, I want to eat the whole house, who care’s I am fat anyway.
Motivation ebbs and flows, drops and peaks, flat lines like a boxer in a ring.
A boxer begins their first round surging with energy, until the second round he slows down, falls, gets ups, punches, staggers, until adrenaline sets in coursing through his body, one final punch he has won.
Motivation oscillates it rarely remains steady.
Don’t let drops throw you off your goal, allow the drops to be just drops, the not sure’s to be just not being sure.
Eating the house or avoiding the gym, are your drops.
Guilt, shame and self-loathing are your drops.
Not sure if you care, does not mean you won’t care tomorrow.
Stick with the thing you want to change, despite the shifts in feelings
Fluctuation of feelings and motivation is the only sure thing.
Recipe: Staying Motivated Meditation
Find quiet place close your eyes
Begin by taking some deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhale through the nose.
Once you begin to feel at ease and your mind is calm
Imagine the problem situation, the situation you want to change
As if you are watching it on a movie screen in black and white, observe it objectively
If it creates pain in your life, observe the pain it is causing
Then shift to seeing yourself in colour on the same screen succeeding at making the change, what does it look like, how does it feel?
Take a few deep breathes and step into the movie screen, you are now a participant in the change.
Allow yourself to fully experience the change, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
An example, your change is to become fitter, observe yourself unfit, lacking energy, having difficulty catching your breath, being heavy, your clothes are tight.
Then shift to observing yourself fit, trim, energetic, moving with ease, smiling.
Complete the meditation with a motivational mantra/affirmation: I am fit, I am healthy, I am energetic, I can move with ease….
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