The Dirty Little Secret about Motivation


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Allow me to end the suspense. Motivation? It can be utterly worthless. Unlike love, it is not all you need. That’s the dirty little secret.

I’m ready to take on the world!

Nothing is going to stop me! (Cue aggressive fist-pumping.)

This time is different. I’m really going to lose weight and improve my health.

How many times have you read an article or heard a motivational speech that left you amped up and ready to accomplish your goals? You just knew you were going to be an unstoppable, relentless woman.

You became a tsunami of destructible force and nothing or no one was going to stand in your way or slow you down. Your anthem became Ludacris’ early 2000 hit song “Move, bitch! Get out the way, get out the way, bitch, get out the way!” (Or something like that … I was in high school when that was popular, so give me a break.)

And then all of that intense, life-changing, get-out-the-way motivation just seemed to disappear. Like a balloon with a small hole you gradually became deflated.

What the heck happened? Why did that overwhelming motivation vanish? It was like a magic trick you saw in grade school. One second it’s here and then POOF! it’s gone. Only, it really is gone, and you would…

What do you think?