I recently sat down with Cassey Ho of Blogilates and Lisa Bilyeu on their podcast @besheroic. She asked me one of the most common questions she gets, “How do I get motivated, I can’t get off the couch.” The answer is simple, as I told Tom Bilyeu on Impact Theory…MOTIVATION IS GARBAGE.
How do you get motivated? You don’t. How do you get off the couch? You push yourself off even though you really don’t want to.
The mistake everyone makes is waiting around until they FEEL motivated to “get off the couch”. And the second you realize that you are NEVER going to feel like getting off the couch, your life will change forever.
This is one of my fundamental beliefs. Feeling unmotivated is natural, letting it stop you is a choice.
I’m just like you. I hate exercise.
I never FEEL motivated to get off the couch, and for years I struggled to get off the couch because I was waiting to feel ready to get off the couch. The moment I realized, “Holy shit, the way I feel about exercise is never going to change and I’m never going to feel motivated,” that was the lightbulb moment.
There’s a difference between how you feel and the actions you CHOOSE to take. The lightbulb moment for me was when I realized it doesn’t matter how I feel -- I can push myself to do anything if it’s important to me.
I no longer WAIT to feel ready, but to actually force myself to do the things I hate because I know I should. I do this with a lot of things: paying taxes, having difficult conversations, eating healthy, going grocery shopping, making my bed, vacuuming, and the list goes on and on.
If you stopped waiting to feel like it and started forcing yourself to do the things you don’t feel like doing, you’d have everything you’ve ever wanted.
Bottom line: If you hate exercising – you are not alone.
Now stop sitting there and waiting for motivation, and 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1…push your ass off the couch and GO!
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