"Adam, help me! As of late my motivation is really slacking!"
For a few of us, it seems as though once it was officially the holiday season – our motivation officially started to fall.
I hear ya. BUT, I’m not so sure it’s our motivation as much as it is our environment.
Because in the face of GINORMOUS temptation, it’s easy to start questioning why we’re doing this. In the face of GINORMOUS temptation our motivation fades.
What is a temptation anyway?
My definition is very simple: A temptation is something – anything – that makes us think irrationally.
Our motivation fades because our rational and long term mind is asleep while our irrational and short term mind is W I D E awake.
But even so, even after all of my rational/irrational talk, what’s the point of this? Why bother?
I figure now (TEMPTATION) is as good a time (TEMPTATION) as ever to remind (TEMPTATION) you why because (TEMPTATION) there is temptation everywhere (TEMPTATION).
(See what I just did there?)
But first let’s start with the question, “Why?”
Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to get more fit? Why do you want to accomplish your professional goals? Why do you want to accomplish your personal goals? What is your goal in life?
When I ask people these questions, I get a lot of different answers.
Whatever your goal is, think about the answer to the next question: Why?
And then keep asking yourself why.
What’s so fascinating to me is that if we keep asking ourselves, “Why?” enough times, we’ll arrive at the same answer that most people do.
We’re all doing what we do because we believe it’ll ultimately make us happier.
I think the end goal of anything we do is: happiness. However, I think happiness is a very ambiguous term. Instead, I’m very interested in how I can become happier (and how I can help other people become happier).
Not that I’m unhappy. I’ve always been a happy person…
But why not be as happy as I possibly can be? Life is short.
We might as well be as happy as we possibly can be.
These questions and thoughts are what led me to write all of these posts.
So, here’s a question I’ve been noodling on, and it helps me a lot:
“Will this make me happier?”
But you have to be honest with yourself when you ask that to yourself.
Let’s explore a little:
I’m not saying I’m unhappy when I’m shoveling a burger and fries into my face. I’m not saying I’m unhappy when I’m eating ice cream. No. Not at all. That makes me happy.
At least, while I’m eating it.
I’m saying I’m happIER when I eat healthfully.
I’m not saying I’m unhappy when I’m lounging around watching TV. That’s fun!
I’m saying I’m happIER when I’m moving around and enjoying my fitness! That’s MORE fun!
I’m not saying I’m unhappy when I have a great meal and overeat because the food is just so tasty.
I’m saying I’m happIER when I leave the table feeling satisfied and not stuffed.
When are you happier if you’re really and truly honest with yourself?
And of course, our rational and long term mind knows the answers. The challenge is that in the face of temptation everywhere – we lose sight of what makes us happier because we’re thinking irrationally.
By asking yourself this question (“Will this make me happier?”) it helps you to think rationally, and that’s the key.
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