On January 1, 2012, I made a New Year's resolution to lose 20 pounds and exercise every day. That lasted about a week. I made a similar resolution the day after Valentine's Day. Sound familiar? Then came Lent and since I'd fallen off the wagon - again - it was time for a new resolution. So here we are, Easter is behind us and summer is approaching rapidly. I'm starting to resemble the motivation quote
by inspirational speaker Zig Ziglar
, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."
Hey, we can't all be self-starters like football great Dan Marino
, who evidently didn't need any motivation quotes to achieve success in his 16-year pigskin career with the Miami Dolphins. Marino admits, "I don't need to be motivated by anybody. Never have."
Are you one of those people? Great! Maybe we can have a Vulcan mind meld or blood transfusion.
Speaking of 16, we've all heard that you have to do something 16 to 21 times before it becomes a habit. That applies to a wide range of activities - from exercise to not reaching for that TV remote when you walk in the door. It seems like a pretty big commitment, doesn't it? We forget that the best approach is to take things one day at a time; otherwise, achievement becomes intimidating. When Benjamin Franklin said, "Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes,"
he wasn't just talking about what to wear to the office; this motivation quote has more to do with what's in the head than on the body. It's easy to sit on the sofa and watch the latest Zumba DVD exercise program or view that Tony Robbins
or Wayne Dyer
seminar on cable TV. Actually putting on those yoga pants and getting in the car and then driving to the workout ... that's the tough part. The modern gyms of today usually have televisions you can watch while on the treadmill. That should motivate me!
I'm married to a workaholic. When he's not at the office he's in the yard: pruning, planning, mulching, mowing ... you name it. Perhaps at a young age he looked in the mirror every day and said, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know, and YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."
Okay, so that's really from Dr. Seuss
' inspirational book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go." I suspect my husband probably memorized it for his own selfish purposes on his planned path to glory. I bet Dan Marino did, too.
So far, I'm doing a pretty good job of avoiding Step #1 - actually putting on the exercise clothes, but in another 50 words or so I'm going to have to face the music. You know, Couch Potato is such a negative phrase. I do love potatoes. Maybe the motivation quote from the Dalai Lama
, "Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret"
will help me keep my "eyes on the prize". Prize in this case would be getting back into a bathing suit without cringing.
At the end of the day, I think Wayne Dyer's motivation quote
sums up my situation. "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
Ok, Wayne, I'm listening! Now where did I put those yoga pants?