It’s National Anti-boredom Month. It’s interesting that an entire month is dedicated to not being bored. Why? Because boredom can stop you in your tracks, put an end to your forward momentum and literally leave you with a desire to plop yourself on the couch and stay there.
Have you ever said to yourself…
I don’t feel like it.
I’ll start later.
I’m just not motivated.
You most likely know what you should do…let’s be real, no one has much fun staying in one place (especially when there’s a world out there of choices that are good for your body, mind, and soul). BUT…there’s often a GAP between knowing and doing…and it’s filled with excuses, the biggest being MOTIVATION.
Be honest with yourself. How often do you feel like…
- Pulling the covers over your head when the alarm goes off for your workout
- Grabbing dinner at the drive-thru when you’re not inspired to cook
- Indulging in a late-night snack instead of sticking to your plan
No wonder, MOTIVATION is a common excuse when it comes to taking action.
But like any other excuse (including time and money), MOTIVATION is just an excuse why you DON’T. It’s not a reason you CAN’T.
Even an Olympic athlete struggles with motivation- no one feels like getting up early, pushing their body day in and day out, and feeling it all day, right? But that athlete still shows up to practice. Why?
Because she holds on to a goal that is bigger than her feelings.
Feelings are fleeting. They come and go. They fluctuate with the circumstances and are not reliable. As women, we are already emotional beings on our own- then throw the emotions of everyone around us into the mix and it creates the perfect storm. Just like the weather, your feelings can change with the day, the hour, the minute. If you live in the Midwest blink and the weather can change twice.
If you’re waiting till you feel like it, you’ll waste a lot of time and money…and negatively impact your health by not getting up and taking action.
So what’s a girl to do if she doesn’t feel MOTIVATED?
My #1 tip- Do it anyway! Lack of motivation and all!
Yes, you can do it when you don’t feel like it. Shocking, right?
Instead of waiting for the perfect feeling to match the perfect moment, just decide to do something, anything!
Then do it again.
Before you know it, you’ll be looking and feeling amazing and may even find you feel motivated to keep going (although that part is not required).
Bonus Tip #2- Don’t do it alone.
Back to that Olympic athlete…chances are, she’s not training alone. She has a coach that keeps her on track when she’s not feeling it and pushes her towards her goal. That coach helps her to not make motivation an excuse by creating her training plan and holding her to it daily. Every successful athlete has a coach.
The same is true with your health goals.
Sure you can make healthy choices on your own some of the time, but if you truly want to see lasting changes, you need someone to come alongside you that won’t let you make excuses, because they know your why is bigger than your feelings.
I’m your girl.
Stop sitting around, knowing you should do something, but not knowing what to do (or just not feeling it)? Then join my next BE WELL WEBINAR. I’ll make it easy to take simple steps that will impact every area of your wellness. And I’ll share the 6 Daily Habits + the 1 Key to finally make it stick that can make all the difference for you.
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In the meantime, get off the couch and go DO something!
Hi, I’m Lissa Figgins. As a Women’s Wellness Consultant, my mission is to help busy women prioritize their wellness. With a simple 3-step plan you can finally turn knowing into doing. I bring over 20 years of experience educating others to help women create a true lifestyle change.
Do you ever know what you should do to take care of your health, but find you just aren’t doing it? As women, we often put everyone (and everything) else first and ourselves on the back burner…and then one day wake up and wonder why we look and feel the way we do. It’s often because there’s a gap between knowing and doing that’s filled with excuses…time, money, motivation…but it’s really a matter of making it a priority and having a plan.
I am a wife, mother, health coach, entrepreneur, blogger, educator, and friend. On my happiest days, I am connecting with women just like you! With my help you put health and wellness in the proper place, so you can better live out what they have been called to do.