For months & months, I avoided going to the gym.
Getting out of the bed,
Putting on gym clothes,
Wearing socks & shoes,
Walking to the gym… it was all such a huge task.
I sat around waiting for “motivation”, the “right time”, “right mood”…
For “motivation” & “right mood,”
I watched workout videos,
Read about meal plans,
Downloaded workout apps.
Finally, I decided to just get up and go.
2x a week…
3x a week…
4x a week…
Now, I regularly go the gym 4-5x a week.
Where did I find the motivation to workout?
I did the ONE thing that really mattered the most — I showed up in the gym.
Once I was in the gym, I didn’t need the motivation.
This applies to almost every aspect of our life: be it writing, studying, cleaning…
Once we start a task we love, motivation becomes redundant.
Accomplishing a task without waiting for motivation spills over to other tasks too.
So, just start. Motivation will follow.
Would you choose to be motivation-dependent or motivation-independent?
P.S. I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
~ Pearl S. Buck