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Motivation Killers You Should Avoid

By Sara Butler

Do you often wonder where on earth your motivation has gone? Reverting back to old ways is easy, but do you understand why you’ve done it in the first place? Often, motivation is killed by misconceptions. What is motivation and where does it come from? Most importantly, how do you hang onto it? Here’s what you need to know about motivation and how to become your own best motivator!

What is Motivation?

A lot of people are under the impression that being motivated means you don’t struggle with opposing desires. That’s simply not true. Humans pursue gratification in a lot of ways, both physically and psychologically and both pursuits are necessary to your overall happiness. You can’t look at one desire as being better than the other and deny yourself what you want or you set yourself up for inner turmoil and conflict – what’s’ so great about that?

Don’t view motivation as a way to improve your health through the ability to resist bad things. Rather, it should be viewed as the ability to give yourself the opportunity to make decisions and take responsibility for your choices. You’re not a victim of forces beyond your control; you’re in control of everything you do! Realizing this can help you to take ownership and stay motivated.

Motivation Killer No. 1: Unrealistic Expectations

The most common reason people lose motivation is that they start with unrealistic expectations in the first place. When you have your hopes and desires tied to one thing it’ll be difficult to keep moving forward if you’re not getting where you want to go. That’s a normal feeling, but don’t get caught in the trap of doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. If your motivation is failing because you’re not getting the results you want or expect, then look at your expectations and decide if they’re realistic in the first place.

Motivation Killer No. 2: Perfectionism

Motivation can be killed by expecting yourself to be perfect. Say you make a commitment to eating healthier and you end up getting a Big Mac one day at lunch when you’re starving. That shouldn’t be a reason to throw out your goal, simply because you had one meal that didn’t fit into your plan. If you expect yourself to be perfect at what you’re doing, then you will absolutely be disappointed at one time or another – and that will kill your motivation.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cypress, Tex.


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