Day 2 – Motivation vs Commitment [14-Day Power Mindset Challenge]
👋 Welcome to Day 2 of Team Asijiki’s free 14-Day Power Mindset Challenge!
💡 Each day for 14 days we give you 1 lesson and an action to complete that will make you think, open your mind and better prepare you for change in any aspects of your life.
Today’s lesson is about Motivation vs Commitment
Today we are talking about seeking motivation versus making a commitment.
We think you are going to see that you have been sitting around waiting for something that is never going to bring you consistent, ongoing and lasting results.
Time to bust the motivation myth!
We believe relying on motivation is a massive obstacle to your progress.
That’s quite a strange statement to make, right?
After all, we spend half our life trying to find motivation. Motivational quotes, motivational videos and more abound and flood social media.
But if you think about it motivation comes and goes. It’s a feeling. It’s an emotion. It’s something we try to call up or invoke to inspire us to act in a certain way.
Think about how crazy that is?
We rely on a feeling that may or may not come to take action for our lives. That’s almost the same as relying on chance.
And then when we cannot take action it’s our favourite excuse. “I struggle to get motivated” “I’m so demotivated”. “I have no willpower…..”
We hear from people every day. But we not buying it.
You either do the things you need to do to reach your goals in life or not. It’s not the fault of “motivation”.
It’s time to talk less about motivation and more of COMMITMENT.
That means you simply DO the things you say you will do.
You say you will eat healthily. Do it!
You say you will go to the gym in the morning. Do it!
A commitment is a promise or an agreement with yourself. It is your word.
When you keep your word to yourself you feel more empowered. When you break your word to yourself you feel weaker which also evoke really negative forces such as guilt and self-pity.
When you have a meeting at work with your boss, staff or clients you simply go. Why? Because you said that you would.
It’s a commitment you made and no motivation is required.
If you do not go there will be consequences right?
Well if you do not get healthy there will be consequences too!
Start to make commitments around your health that are small and realistic and stick to them.
Not feeling motivated is NEVER an excuse.
Nobody feels motivated to exercise at 5 am on a Monday morning in the cold and dark. If you say you are going to do it then you must simply do it!
There is a story about South African Comrades Marathon champion Bruce Fordyce that his deal with himself was that he would get dressed and get out the front door but if he felt like going back to bed after the first lamp post he would. Do you think he ever went back to bed?
So the message is to stop looking to the sky hoping for motivation to take action in your life. Motivation is cool but do not use it as the scapegoat to shirk doing what you need to do. Stop moaning that you have no motivation.
Now that we have dispelled the motivation myth let’s dig a little more into the concept of making a commitment.
Leadership coaching Guru Robin Sharma says “Your Schedule does not lie”
There’s an old phrase that says “What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying”.
For example, you can say that your primary value involves putting your family first but if time with your family is not all over your schedule, well then the truth of the matter is that your family life isn’t your priority.
“Show me your schedule and I’ll discover the truth. Because your schedule doesn’t lie.”
Now go and figure out what in your life you are going to commit to.
Today’s 🎯 Action:
Decide on some health actions right now that you want to take in the next 7 days such as:
- Go to the gym
- Make a shopping list
- Shop for healthy groceries
- Prep food
Decide on a time you want to allocate to those and put them in your diary.
Now actually do them. Keep the appointment with yourself.
Share your action with us in the Facebook Group.
See you tomorrow.
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