I’ve been talking a great deal about Motivation. I’ve also given you numerous tools to get that Motivation and keep it. But do you know what this is all about, what motivation means, and how it affects weight loss?
Motivation is good at the beginning. If there are reasons for wanting something, you’re likely to get moving. When motivation runs out, you need to have healthy habits in place, and a little discipline to get you through the low points.
Do you know what these reasons are? If you don’t, motivation to lose weight will not do you one bit of good.
There are two factors that must be considered in motivation.
First, you must define motivation. The definition is simply:
The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Secondly, think of the reason for motivation. Ask yourself this question:
I want to be motivated, but what do I want to be motivated to do?
Motivation by itself means nothing. Add the necessary action to motivation, and you are ready to do what you are motivated to do. Then, and only then, you will accomplish what you want to accomplish.
Motivation as a negative force
Motivation to lose weight almost always prevents weight loss and leads to weight gain instead. The problem is that weight loss, BY ITSELF is a goal that will self-destruct. Weight loss is often a symptom of illness or poor health. Wanting to lose weight is a psychological problem that is common among the various cultures in the world. People want to lose weight, but they can’t tell you why they want to lose weight. They’re motivated to lose weight, which is good. But they’re not motivated to do what needs to be done to lose weight, because they don’t exactly know. That’s bad.
Being motivated to lose weight often results in being obsessed with numbers on a scale. Those numbers move in patterns that cause many people who are impatient, and can’t see the big picture to react in exactly the wrong way. Going to the gym to waste energy doing something the person doesn’t want to do in the first place is sheer insanity.
Motivation as a positive force
Once you understand motivation, it will work in your favor.
Motivation to become healthier, get in good physical shape, become more physically functional, look your best, feel good about yourself and finally, have fun often leads to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. Here’s how this works.
Perhaps someone is motivated to do yoga every day because he or she is attracted to someone in the same yoga class.
Maybe someone is motivated to play Dance Dance Revolution as often as possible because they like music and video games.
Perhaps someone loves sports, not only as a spectator, but as a competitor. In this case, they’re motivated to play basketball with their buddies twice a week.
Maybe someone is motivated to train for a marathon to help a cause they believe in.
If those people were overweight before, their motivation to do something meaningful, or just have fun will lead to a weight loss process that will continue, until they reach a healthy weight. Finally, it will lead to maintaining that healthy weight in the long term.
Motivation is the holy grail of the weight loss process.
Motivation starts the engine of desire. Desire leads to action and action leads to success.
Therefore, motivation is a most important point in weight loss. It helps you stay on track, and it guides you to success.