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Motivation

If anyone has ever written a book about motivation and how to increase it, I probably own it. There’s no quote I haven’t repeated over and over in my head. There’s no magazine article that I haven’t read multiple times. Do you have clips of the most amazing and inspiring motivational speeches? I’ve watched them. Do you have a technique that will motivate you? I’ve tried it. You would think that after all this, I would possess all of the secrets to motivation. After all of the reading and studying I’ve done on the subject, you would think that I wake up in the morning, ready to hit the ground running. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is that I lack motivation. Motivation to do what, you ask? Well, anything that doesn’t involve staying in my bed, cuddling with my puppy, and watching a movie. Anything that doesn’t fit that particular combination of activities requires a life force that I sometimes just don’t have.

I was complaining to a friend recently about my difficulty finding my motivation. I had just started a workout plan and was having trouble implementing it.

Just Do It

“I know exactly where your motivation is.” He told me in such a matter-of-fact fashion that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Luckily, he continued, “If you’re looking for motivation, you’ll find it five minutes after you start your workout. Sometimes you just got to get up and do it. ”

Despite my eye roll, I couldn’t help but think of the truth of what he was saying. Sometimes I find myself waiting for that magical moment when the heavens open and the magic motivation dust falls on me and I am able to accomplish all things. As much as I want it, that’ll never happen. But I do know that I can motivate myself by doing the things I know need to be done. Because sometimes you just got to get up and do it.

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40: 31, NLT).

Jael Amador writes from New York.

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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