Excitement becomes commitment
Monday, October 29, 2018
I learned something at a non-health related workshop this weekend that I obviously needed to hear as I have been struggling to stay motivated.
I am eating healthier, I am moving more, but my results have stalled. In my head, I know this is normal and, if it continues, I can change things up in my food choices and work outs. But in my soul I hear all kinds of negative self talk.
"This is hard; is it worth it?" "So what if I am fat; I am still a good person." "Maybe I should just give up; my life is ok."
The workshop speaker said several people asked her if she was excited about the conference. They looked at her strangely when she said, "No." She went on to explain that she has done thousands of conferences and she does not get excited anymore. She enjoys them and she wants to keep doing them but she no longer feels excited; but she is committed.
She compared this to marriage. Newlyweds are excited about their new journey and life together. But the excitement doesn't last. They stay together anyway and love grows and evolves and that is commitment.
Or to a college degree. A student is excited to start their new classes and meet new people and learn new things. But as the semesters pass, that excitement ends. And it is commitment that takes them to graduation.
Those examples translate easily into this journey toward fitness. It is easy to be excited to try new foods and new equipment and new ideas. But the newness and excitement wears off. To see the results I want, I need to be committed long after the excitement is gone.