As Elaine’s about to mention, I can not believe it’s about to end. I have enjoyed her thoughts and insights these last 10 weeks.
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Ten weeks! Can you believe it!?!? This ten weeks has been a fresh set of challenges for me – from continuing to deal with some eating issues and nursing an injury that has had been avoiding running for past 19 months, to dealing with two LONG road trips in ten weeks, to learning just how hard it is to blog (I have NO clue how Roni manages to post everyday!). Despite all of this, you know the drill – we must carry on with our motivation, our goals, and our baby steps toward a healthier, happier you.
There are two things I would like to discuss in this final post of my series. First, the topic we have been dealing with for ten weeks – how to keep motivation going when times get tough. Secondly, how we can make motivation our own, with personalized recommendations to keep us going.
Motivation When Times Get Tough
I think of this quote when times get tough in all areas of my life. I love the metaphors present in it – as you read it, I ask you to visualize it clearly – the crinkle of the cellophane, the smell of the cardboard box, the thickness of the playing cards.
"When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor." – Pat Riley, famous NBA coach
Times are tough for me right now. After injuring my right foot in the 2009 Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I am still working on healing the injury nearly 19 months later. I’ve had x-rays, MRIs, physical therapy, steroid shots, you name it! What keeps me going?? First, I think of the quote above and a slew of other quotes I have stored for times when I just want to give up. Secondly, I practice positive self- identification, which means calling myself a runner and reading Runner’s World and keeping up on news about 5Ks, even though I’ve been medically advised to not even think about getting out there and running for at least six months more. It gets my motivation because I know that life doesn’t start when I’m a runner, when I’m thin, or when I’m a size 6 – it starts today, each and every day. What are some stories you have about times when motivation got scarce and times got tough?
Making Motivation Personalized
Throughout this whole series, I have tried to think of ways motivation is applicable to all readers. In some cases, I’ve tried to use science or public health information to back my facts about motivation. However, we all know that motivation is that intangible, deep in your gut and soul, indescribable drive that keeps you going and going and going. It waxes and wanes and is affected by mood, stress, hormones, life events, and a slew of other things that can’t be explained.
I think the BEST way to think about motivation is to think about what personally motivates you. Take a moment to put that in to words, because one thing is proven – once you write down a dream, it becomes a goal. Goals have a way of becoming reality! So, take a moment to write down your motivations, whether it’s a quick checklist or a thought-out paragraph. I’d love it if you shared it in the comments and sent a message to the universe that you can reach any of your goals!
It’s been a pleasure writing for the blog for the past 10 weeks! So much more work than I could ever have imagined and I’m glad I’ve had this experience. I hope that I have helped each of you think critically about your personal goals and motivations! It is through teaching, however, that we learn – and I have learned so much about myself during this process. Many, many thanks to Roni for giving me space on the blog (I feel like a celebrity!). Namaste.