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WW Question – Motivation

Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s time for another question… On Monday, we talked about why it’s so hard to stay motivated when we’re trying to improve our wellness.

We talked about some of the potential challenges to staying motivated, especially for the long-term — things like a goal or task not being specific enough, the task being too difficult or too easy, a lack of confidence, perfectionism, and depression.

This week, let’s take a look at our own motivation and determine if we have any challenges with staying motivated. If you’re someone who doesn’t have any problem with it, please share your secrets with us!

If you’re like me and struggle sometimes with staying motivated, why not do a little soul-searching to find out where the difficulty stems from.

Let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble that asks: What are the things that most often cause me to lose motivation?

As I mentioned Monday, motivation can be unreliable, especially as it tends to wax and wane. Next Monday, we’ll take a look at what we can do when motivation just isn’t enough.

Do you ever feel like you lose motivation? If not, as I said above, please share your secrets with us! And if you do, as always, if you’re comfortable sharing, please do so!

Blessings,

~Terri

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18 comments

  1. I think I lose my motivation to exercise because it’s not my favorite thing to do and I have not made it a practice. When I worked we had group exercise classes after work. Now I have a health coach with my insurance who is now my accountability partner when he checks in every 3 weeks. (Was at 2 weeks and then went to 3). The last 2 weeks I have missed more days of exercise so may need to go back to 2 weeks.

    1. Good point about when something isn’t our favourite thing to do, when something is off-putting in theory or in practice. I hope the health coach helps keep you on track and motivated, Sarah!

    2. Thanks for sharing Sarah! It really can be hard to maintain motivation when we’re doing things we don’t particularly enjoy. That’s why, as you’ve experienced, having a health coach or accountability partner can be so helpful. Sending hugs your way!

  2. Good question, Terri. I think I can lose motivation when something is unpleasant in theory or in practice, so when I think of something I don’t want to do, which I imagine most of us will find, isn’t great on the ol’ motivation. I struggle the most when I’m not well, when pain is high or fatigue is high. When I feel hopeless or no good at something, or when perfectionist tendencies get the better of me. That’s when it becomes more like ‘what’s the point’ and it gets harder to do it. Motivation also takes a kicking with depression. xx

    1. Thank you for sharing Caz! I would guess that pain is something that has a huge impact on motivation for lots of people. Like you, when I’m having a high pain or low energy, I really struggle with being motivated to do anything. There are just so many things that can affect our motivation, and that’s why we can’t really depend on it to make long-term changes. You brought up depression – your comment on my post What Would You Like to Know About Wellness about how to get back into doing things that should be enjoyable when you’re depressed – is what inspired this walk down motivation lane. Hopefully next Monday we can come up with some ways to help us move forward in doing both the things we do enjoy and the ones we don’t. Sending hugs your way sweet friend!

    2. Wow! You just hit the nail on the head…I’m just like you with this.
      I think pain and exhaustion makes the smallest task feel like a mountain to climb, let alone do any exercise. And even the thought of meditating can be a huge CBA moment.
      The hot weather certainly isn’t helping either, as trying to sleep on a night can be an impossible task. And at the moment I’m struggling with staying asleep too… I fall asleep but wake up 10 to 20 minutes later, and it’s absolutely soul destroying.
      All the best and good luck to you…and anyone else who reads this. My heart really goes out to those who struggle on a daily, or nightly basis.
      Take care of you x

      1. Martin, I know you’re replying to Caz, but I had to to let you know I appreciate you stopping by. I know what you mean about not being able to stay asleep; that’s the issue I have as well. I can usually fall asleep okay, but then, like you, I wake up 10 or 20 minutes later and toss and turn for an hour or two… All these things everyone is talking about can just destroy our motivation. I think that’s part of why BJ Fogg says, “Motivation is like a party-animal friend. Great for a night out, but not someone you would rely on to pick you up from the airport.” I hope the pain and exhaustion settle down for you soon. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Bar! I really do think pain is a huge de-motivator. It’s hard to do anything when you’re in pain; often, it’s so overwhelming that’s all you can think about. I think in those cases, we have to give ourselves some grace and try again when our pain isn’t as bad. Sending hugs your way!

  3. My motivation definitely ebbs and flows. I have real energy issues due to chronic health problems, so I have lots of tired days. I do think habits are a huge help. And I know for me, if I make the commitment to someone else so that I feel accountable, I’m much more likely to stick with it. A good place to get some great ideas: Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. It’s all about habit building.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Kit! It’s funny you should mention habits, because we’ll be talking about them next Monday. Having an accountability partner can help a lot, can’t it? I actually read Gretchen Rubin’s book on your recommendation quite a while back. It was an interesting read! Sending hugs your way sweet friend!

  4. great question Terri……..pain and physical exhaustion keep me from reaching my goals………there are times I can push though but other times, it is just not possible.

    1. Thank you so much Wendi! You know, the older I get and the longer I live with Fibro, the more I realize that often we don’t do ourselves any favors when we force ourselves to push through to get things done. A lot of times, I end up having to re-do things I tried to ‘push through’ and do anyway…. Now I just give myself a little grace and remember that whatever needs doing will still be there tomorrow. Blessings to you sweet friend!

      1. You are absolutely right Terri………I have learned that I need to un-learn the “values” I was raised with…….sitting down and quitting is for losers. You work hard, push through, don’t stop until it is done………it’s a hard to rewire your brain 🙂

  5. Dearest Terri, another amazing and thought-provoking post from you my friend! I’m in the same boat with you — my motivation has been a struggle. For me, my worst struggles are from fear, perfectionism stemming from the “you’re never good enough” message throughout life, and an overall lack of confidence.

    Why do we beat ourselves up so much? Good grief, we’d never speak to a friend the way we speak to ourselves sometimes. It’s something I try to bring more mindfulness to in my own life. Our stinking thinking leads us to stagnant, self-doubting waters every time, doesn’t it?

    Soul searching isn’t easy but the rewards are incredible! I’ll join you on the journey of never-ending growth and personal development. We are so intricately designed that we’d never discover all there is to know this side of Heaven. 🙂

    All my love to you, sweet Terri. Thanks for being such an inspirational powerhouse for us all! ♥ You are loved!

    1. Thank you so much Holly! You’re far too kind! Thank you also for sharing your challenges with staying motivated. I suspect you and I are a lot alike, sweet friend. I have to say, I especially love what you said: “Why do we beat ourselves up so much? Good grief, we’d never speak to a friend the way we speak to ourselves sometimes. It’s something I try to bring more mindfulness to in my own life. Our stinking thinking leads us to stagnant, self-doubting waters every time, doesn’t it?” That’s so true! Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  6. As I read the comments above Terri I can see a pattern emerging in the loss of motivation due to pain, fatigue & exhaustion from sleeplessness or interrupted sleep.

    FM pain, fatigue & interrupted sleep are my norm. The greatest motivation for me, as you know has been the diagnosis of Type 2 pre diabetes!
    Having that hang over my head since last November has spurred me into action regardless of how I feel. As I just didn’t want yet another chronic condition added to the list of autoimmune ones I already have!

    I just push through the pain, fatigue & weariness in going for a simple walk & come back feeling rather refreshed (though exhausted) & it really does help the pain long term. I know that sounds a strange combination but it has worked! As that diagnosis has now been turned around.

    However, this potential for diabetes will always be with me now but if I continue to maintain the lifestyle changes I blogged about last week it will be kept at bay. 😀
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! I’m so glad you were able to turn things around with the pre-diabetes. Having that external motivation can sometimes be enough to keep us going, especially when it’s something so critical. Lots of studies have shown that consistent exercise can help lessen pain and give us more energy; it’s really a matter of finding what can get us through that first rough bit…. Blessings to you sweet friend!

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