Why Waiting for Motivation to Strike is A Mistake

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately centering around motivation. There are people out there, awash with good intentions, yet plagued with apathy (I’ve been there). They order the DDPYOGA DVD’s and that’s as far as it goes. The next step is partaking in some intense rounds of self-loathing and recrimination for not following through. You don’t have to be Freud to ascertain this is not a healthy cycle.

Motivation is a wildcard and I can’t profess to know how to suddenly wield it when the cloud of apathy sets in, but here’s what works for me: I listen to all the excuses and reasons why I should not workout, that day, or at least put it off a few more hours. I don’t give much thought to whether the reasons and excuses are valid or not.

I simply listen to the chorus in my head pulling me away from the DVD and television. Then I get a little amused at what a Herculean effort they’re putting in to keep me from the mat. They’ve got debating chops that a seasoned litigator would admire.

And then (this next part is key)…I go ahead and do the workout anyway.

Don’t wait for the magic moment when your tail’s wagging and you’re raring to go. That probably won’t happen.

The only key I know to making the most out of the workouts is to simply do them. No matter who’s trying to stop you, just hit the power button, unfurl your mat, and begin. It’s 30 minutes out of your day. And a priceless investment in your future.

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