When anyone comes in to cancel their membership, we always ask them to specify a reason. I am primarily making sure there is nothing we can do as a business to prevent them from going elsewhere. I get a whole host of reasons but just recently I received the reason, “lack of motivation.” 

That reason kills me. I want to shake them and say “no sh*t!” 

I am always so baffled at that excuse. No one has motivation, people. It is a very rare and fleeting commodity.  I would love for it to be something that I could bottle and share (or even better – sell) but it is not. Motivation is powerful and tricky. Sometimes it comes super easy, other times it is virtually impossible. This “lack of motivation” is an excuse, an excuse to take the easy way out for quick satisfaction.

So what really is motivation? 

Motivation is your general willingness to do something. And it is often the result of an action NOT the cause of it. You do not need motivation to start an action – you simply need to start. Forget about the motivation and MAKE A DECISION. Stop waiting for inspiration to come along and strike you – just set your schedule. 

For example: If you wake up today and say, I sure hope I feel motivated to workout today! I am 100% sure you will not feel the motivation and therefore will not workout. Instead wake up and schedule your workout time for 3p. Show up at the gym at 3p, motivated or not. Chances are, your motivation will strike you after the fact, and I am certain you will not regret your decision. 

This is life folks. It is a constant balance between giving into the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline. Our lives, our identities, are almost completely defined in this delicate balance that we are constantly adjusting. Are you always  motivated to go to work? I highly doubt it, but I am sure you are motivated to buy new things, therefore you have to carry out the responsibly of your job. 

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do know a good excuse when I hear one. Lack of motivation in an excuse and a poor one at that.  I am definitely not motivated to workout 90% of the time, but my habits keep my motivation in check.

Instead of sitting around waiting for the motivation to strike you, make a decision. You only get one life people, choose to make it your best life. 

When anyone comes in to cancel their membership, we always ask them to specify a reason. I am primarily making sure there is nothing we can do as a business to prevent them from going elsewhere. I get a whole host of reasons but just recently I received the reason, “lack of motivation.” 

That reason kills me. I want to shake them and say “no sh*t!” 

I am always so baffled at that excuse. No one has motivation, people. It is a very rare and fleeting commodity.  I would love for it to be something that I could bottle and share (or even better – sell) but it is not. Motivation is powerful and tricky. Sometimes it comes super easy, other times it is virtually impossible. This “lack of motivation” is an excuse, an excuse to take the easy way out for quick satisfaction.

So what really is motivation? 

Motivation is your general willingness to do something. And it is often the result of an action NOT the cause of it. You do not need motivation to start an action – you simply need to start. Forget about the motivation and MAKE A DECISION. Stop waiting for inspiration to come along and strike you – just set your schedule. 

For example: If you wake up today and say, I sure hope I feel motivated to workout today! I am 100% sure you will not feel the motivation and therefore will not workout. Instead wake up and schedule your workout time for 3p. Show up at the gym at 3p, motivated or not. Chances are, your motivation will strike you after the fact, and I am certain you will not regret your decision. 

This is life folks. It is a constant balance between giving into the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline. Our lives, our identities, are almost completely defined in this delicate balance that we are constantly adjusting. Are you always  motivated to go to work? I highly doubt it, but I am sure you are motivated to buy new things, therefore you have to carry out the responsibly of your job. 

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do know a good excuse when I hear one. Lack of motivation in an excuse and a poor one at that.  I am definitely not motivated to workout 90% of the time, but my habits keep my motivation in check.

Instead of sitting around waiting for the motivation to strike you, make a decision. You only get one life people, choose to make it your best life. 

See you in the gym!

~Amy

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