Motivation. It is that fascinating world used by an abstract social media community that dress lulu lemon pants and drink green juices and/or whey protein all day.
Hey, I have nothing against the previously mentioned items nor the people who likes them. My intention here is not to offend anyone. I could be one of them too. But seriously, you see all of that pretty people looking great and exercising all day on Social Media and you start thinking they must have a great lifestyle. So we get inspired by them, we want to be like them and we need to do what they are doing.
We start lifting weights in the gym when you don’t even enjoy it. We start having supplements we might not even need in our diets. And we start investing in high-end exercise gear that some of us might not be able to afford. Then we start to fail on our plan to the point where we think to ourselves: I’m not really motivated anymore. Is there something wrong with me or what?
I’ve seen this case many times and it is because of a single reason: The myth of motivation. Not because real motivation doesn’t exist but because we tend to feel inspired and then we think we’re motivated. That is the kind of motivation we learn these days.
Inspiration Vs. Motivation.
Feeling inspired is very easy. We get touched by the beauty of an external factor and then we pretend to copy whatever we’re seeing. If what we’re copying doesn’t really cope with our true nature, then it will likely not be a sustainable habit in the long run.
However, being truly motivated is just an inner force that doesn’t not have to do with something pretty you look outside. The real motivation is something that you’re able to maintain in the long run because you genuinely love what you’re doing.
Motivation is not pretty.
We’re getting used to see on Social Media that motivation is something happy and pretty, and believe me it is far from being that. Don’t ever think that athletes or runners wake up at 04:00 am in the morning feeling very happy to go train. Ironically, somedays they also have to struggle with their laziness like you and me. But is not their inspiration what drives them forward, it is that inner force of commitment they adopt for something they really love. Just like marriage.
So, if you’re looking to adopt an active lifestyle but you’re tired to fail every single time, maybe you should start doing what you really love. Find your own incentives and put yourself out there to try anything that calls your attention. Once you find it, then commit to it. There are no secrets for this, just hard work.
I lifted weights at the gym before Instagram existed (thank God), and then did Crossfit for four months. Immediately after that I fell In love with running. In my first year as a runner, I knew I loved it but I didn’t commit as much as in my second year. Now, between love and commitment I’ve found the perfect balance for real motivation.
I can’t say I feel very enthusiastic every single day before going for a run. But because I know I’ll be a much happy person after it, I go and do it without thinking too much. There’s my inner force.
Sometimes my shirt doesn’t match with my shorts and my running sunglasses make me look ridiculous, but i’m still wanting to go out and run. That’s how I know I truly love running.
I truly hope that in this 2017, you can find your real passion and motivation to exercise.