|I was all pumped up and emotional about getting healthy and meditating, but now I feel weak.|
Nearly half of all respondents in a poll about 2018 New Year's resolutions wanted to lose weight or get in shape (Statistica/The Conversation/CC-BY-ND).
|I'm going to hike then climb that tree.|
It took me years of experience and research to figure out why, but I believe she was right.
Personally, I have no issues getting up on a cold and dark morning to train when a competition is drawing near. But when there is no immediate objective or goal in site, getting up that early is much harder.
Motivation is driven by emotion, and that can be positive, as long as it is used for a short-term objective. For some, a New Year's resolution can serve as a motivator. But since motivation is based on emotion, it can't last long.
Think of it this way: No one can laugh or cry indefinitely, and that is exactly how we know that motivation will fail.
Emotion is a chemical release yielding a physiological response. If someone attempting to get in shape is reliant upon this reaction to propel them towards working out, they are almost sure to burn out, just like with a resolution.
When people buy gym memberships, they have the best of intentions in mind, but the commitments are made in a charged emotional state. Motivation helps with short-term objectives, but is virtually useless for objectives that require a greater length of time to accomplish.
In other words, don't totally discount the value of motivation, but don't count on it to last long either because it won't.
Discipline [commitment] yields results
- AUTHOR: William Clark is the adjunct lecturer of health and wellness studies at New York's Binghamton University and State University.
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