To me motivation is the presence of feelings and emotions giving you the power to do something. This means that if you have a strong enough reason (feelings) to do something, then you will do it.
If you’re interested you’ll do what’s convenient, if you’re motivated you’ll do whatever it takes.
The picture on the right is a photo I took a few weeks ago at the Berlin marathon. This was taken a few 100 meters before the finish line. The guy in the picture had only one leg, and yet he managed to not only complete the marathon but do it fast. I’m sure he had strong emotional reasons tied to completing the marathon. In other words; he must’ve been really motivated.
When a person is motivated he or she can do pretty much anything. Of course you can be motivated to certain degrees. You might not have the motivation to go to the gym if there’s war outside but under normal circumstances you would go. This doesn’t mean you’re not motivated, it just means that your emotional reasons aren’t strong enough for you to risk your life going to the gym.
There’re a lot of different ways of coming up with these reasons and making them strong enough to mean something. Sometimes certain events in you life have an impact on you that makes you motivated. Other times you have to come up with goals and consciously think about the real reasons for wanting to achieve them.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how you become motivated or what your reasons for wanting to achieve a goal are, as long as it’s truly meaningful to you.
I’ll use a quote from one of my favourite YouTube clips to end this blog post:
Motivation is the stuff that keeps you going every single day. The motivation is on a daily basis, what are you going to do in order to follow through on that spark? So you’ve lit the match, now what? It’s that daily motivation of waking up every morning saying: I want to do it, I want to be the best that I can be because I want to achieve the things that inspire me and make me feel great.
Thank you for reading.
Yours truly, The Fitness Motivator