People often say that motivation doesn’t last… Well, neither does bathing which is why it’s recommended daily.
Great line. Wish I’d said it. Gotta give credit to the late, great Zig Ziglar for that one.
It’s true; motivation doesn’t last. It’s silly really… you can walk out of a great meeting or finish a workout and feel like you’re ready to conquer the world. Then as soon as you get a call or take that first sip of a celebratory drink, the motivation rapidly drains from you. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I know I have recently.
Having positive, motivating forces in your life are extremely helpful in keeping you going, but motivation itself is not what will move someone closer to their ultimate goal; It’s drive, passion and purpose.
The only reason that I can say this so matter-of-factly is because I’ve experienced it first-hand. I know the feeling of hitting what I consider rock bottom; feeling like there’s nothing to wake up for in the morning; living life with tunnel vision. I lived that way for 6 months until I found my trigger: that one thing that spoke to me, that woke me up and widened my view of the world I was living in. For me, it was a movie. For others, it can be a number of things…
For those who haven’t found their trigger yet, my advice: try to keep your ears and mind open. You may not be one to believe in “signs”, but hopefully, you at least believe that anyone has the ability to inspire someone else. When your mind is open and you’re ready for change, it’ll happen. Or like the old saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
I’m glad my trigger was a movie (and I’m glad it’s now available on Netflix! haha) That way, whenever I feel like I’m losing site of my purpose, I can watch it again. That movie has not been the only thing to move me though. I’m moved regularly by the people around me. I AM someone who believes in signs, and I feel that so many of the interactions I’ve had with friends and random people have all happened because I was “ready to hear what they had to say.”
Most recently, I was feeling a little down about things. I was finding it hard to unwind after a days work and I was upset that I hadn’t been jumping on more of the goals I had set for myself this year. All the stress was taking a toll on my body. Pains, aches, weight gain, you name it.
Then one day, out of the blue, a friend started telling me about this amazing YouTube video he’d seen about a man who had been paralyzed after years in the military. From his inability to exercise, he gained a massive amount of weight. Doctors told him he’d never walk again. Then, he found a yoga program online that changed his life.
The video was definitely moving, but I wasn’t exactly inspired by it. Instead, it made me remember something… yoga was one thing I’d taken out of my life, and the one thing that had always really helped me whenever I was feeling the way I was. I stopped practicing because I honestly just didn’t have the disposable income to spend on taking classes, which is the only way I like to practice. I like being guided by an instructor.
I still not really financially ready to begin regular classes, but I can afford that online yoga program!
BEFORE I HIT 30: Be in the best shape of my life: Physically, mentally, emotionally.
NEW CHALLENGE: Adopt a yoga practice to do daily that will increase concentration
The benefits of yoga and meditation are countless. Take it from this meditation website I found:
Meditation allows you to achieve perfect stillness, rest, stability, order, and a complete absence of mental boundaries. far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practiced no form of relaxation.
Researchers have found that during meditation, genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call ”the relaxation effect”, a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side effects.The experiment, which showed just how responsive genes are to behaviour, mood and environment, revealed that genes can switch on, just as easily as they switch off.
Program purchased. Excited to begin :)