Motivation. What is it? Where do you find some when your go is gone? When your “why” is bigger than your “but”, that’s where.
I want to get healthy BUT I don’t want to give up dessert after dinner.
I want to lose weight, BUT I don’t want to give up chocolate chip cookies.
So how do you get your “why” bigger? You reframe your emphasis. Don’t think about what you’re against (like giving up cookies–or frothy coffee drinks or cocktails or…) think about what you’re for (like reaching a healthy weight and staying there or like hitting your optimal health mark).
Let me give you an example. When I discovered TSFL, I was not looking for it. In fact, I was dodging all talks of weight loss because I didn’t have the energy to go down that road and quite frankly I’d rather obsess on brie. (My but/t was definitely bigger than my why.)
But when I finally caved and got on board, after the first week I felt so hopeful and empowered, my “why” started to grow. And it got bigger, and bigger, until finally, it outgrew my but/t. My “why” became about doing things like ziplining which I never would have done before because it involved a scale and not even my husband knew my weight. It involved educating myself on how to STAY at a healthy weight and help others reach their goal weights and stay there. Seeing myself and others at the healthiest weight made my why ginormous.
Is your “why” bigger than your “but/t”?
What a great kick in the pants! (Get it?) I’m looking forward to losing my pregnancy weight faster this time around, and my WHY is a big one – I want to have more energy for chasing around & playing with my three-year-old, and for snuggling with my new little one.
You crack me up! (Get it? How long can we go on?) This is a big why, Beth! Lots of chasing and snuggling for you!
I’ll drink to that – bottoms up! (Oh, we can keep going, and going, and going….)
And going…and going..and going…and going!