So, let me explain why I’ve boldly claimed that motivation is rubbish….
I’m going to use your car to further explain:
Relying on motivation is equivalent to having to connect the battery leads on your car each day, instead of just turning the key in the ignition to start the engine. Turning the key to start your car is an act you undertake when you want to start your car each day, isn’t it? It’s logical and automated, and you do it without much thought. (Psst, this is how habits ‘are’ in a sustainably healthy life)
To be honest, I wouldn’t be sure HOW to connect the battery each day and to be more honest, I couldn’t be bothered? Could you?
Ok, I know some people would choose to do it for awhile, but could you keep doing it every day, knowing you needed to do it everyday to get anywhere??
Motivation usually comes in short bursts too – because change is desired. Habits, on the other hand are a commitment to who you are growing to be.
You get in your car because you know why and where you are going. Similarly, if your habits support your values, goals and your ‘why’, you will do them with ease. What you do everyday matters!
Do you really think you would or could connect the leads before you leave home each day, forever? As if it isn’t enough of a struggle to get to work on time, without having to think about which leads go on which battery terminal???
Does that make sense? If we can make sustainably healthy habits something we do automatically without a thought, we have more time to focus on nurturing and choosing our marvellous life!
A little deep I know – but I thought it was an excellent comparison to highlight that what we do everyday matters!
Good health information can guide habits that change lives.
I ask you to try it!
Try starting a new positive habit – do it for a week to start with, if you love it, try committing to it for a month. Review it after a month and see what’s different? Or if you would go back to not having it in your life.
Plan, do, review and change according to findings – know sustainable good health is a process! Make the process a habit, and it will go a long way to helping you choose a marvellous life!
Have a great week!
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