You’d think that being healthier, a longer life expectancy, a better quality of life, and more clothes choices(cheaper, too! )would be enough to get you going. And keep you going. Those wonderful things should be enough to sustain your motivation and determination on this journey. Surprisingly I’ve found that’s not always the case.
In fact, I’m not motivated as much by those things. I’m more motivated by what I don’t want than what I do want.
Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It almost is. But think about it. I’m more motivated by the thought a heart attack than I am by having a six-pack. I’m more motivated by the idea of sleep apnea than I am of having the body I see on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. I more motivated by hypertension, high cholesterol, knee replacement surgery at 40, arthritis…. you get the point.
Here’s the thing. For me, those were very real possibilities. So on the days where I don’t feel like it or the days when wearing a size 36 pair of pants isn’t making me run to the gym or making me eat right, I quickly reminded myself of the things I don’t want. Suddenly I find myself motivated.
Sometimes a healthy dose of fear can be a good thing.