Life Performance Blog: Why Motivation Isn't Enough

Act first, get motivated later.

There are three big lies about exercise and good nutrition.

Lie #1: You have to be “inspired” to do practice healthy habits. Lie #2: You should always be “motivated” to practice. Lie #3: “Experts” are always motivated to practice.

Nope. Even for healthy-lifestyle pros, there’s no such thing as permanent motivation. You will not always be “motivated” or “inspired”. You will not always feel “flow”.

Motivation comes and goes. Some days that motivation will be totally MIA. But that doesn’t matter.

You don’t need motivation nor inspiration to have good habits.

In fact, what differentiates an “expert” from an “amateur” is not motivation . . . but action.

“Experts” hunker down and find ways to get the job done, regardless of how they feel.

Action before motivation

We assume that motivation and inspiration — in other words, a particular mental state — come before action.

Sometimes that’s true. Most of the time, it’s not.

Action usually comes before motivation and that desired mental state.