How often do we think to ourselves, “if only someone could help MOTIVATE me!” “Maybe I need a personal trainer and a nutritionist to provide MOTIVATION to keep me on track to become healthier and lose weight?”
There are plenty of good qualified trainers and nutritionists, yet weight problems and health issues continue to plague our society. Why are these professionals unable to provide the MOTIVATION necessary for LONG TERM results?
The problem lies in the supposition that MOTIVATION is an entity found in some external source (ex. the personal trainer or nutritionist) that can be used and/or applied to an individual and achieve a desired LONG TERM outcome.
THIS IS LIKELY INACCURATE.
MOTIVATION can only be found within the individual. The trick becomes learning to find its source and tapping into its energy (EMOTION) to unleash its potential. This commonly misunderstood principle also applies to general HEALTH. We see the consumer regularly turning to external sources (ex. prescriptive medications) to create LONG TERM solutions reinforcing the FALSE BELIEF that GOOD HEALTH can be attained almost exclusively by ingesting these drugs.
Trainers and nutritionists (and even doctors) can offer INSPIRATION (defined by Webster as, “something that makes someone WANT to do something or that gives someone an IDEA about what to do or create,“) but are not responsible or even capable of “imposing discipline” on an individual to maintain dynamic change in this evolving healthier lifestyle. This INTERNAL FORCE called MOTIVATION is the ESSENTIAL SOURCE that maintains the “fuel” necessary to discipline oneself over a lifetime.
Understanding the role that MOTIVATION plays in changing and maintaining a new direction that supports a healthier lifestyle is important. Realizing its source can only be discovered in ONE PLACE (WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL) will prevent the ongoing search for the EXTERNAL MAGIC BULLET. The individual will no longer be tempted by advertising and marketing ploys that direct consumers to fantasy solutions.
I suggest those in search of REALISTIC LONG TERM SOLUTIONS learn to use the skills and knowledge of EXTERNAL INSPIRATIONAL FACTORS (the trainers, nutritionists, etc…) once the source of motivation is discovered and the individual is willing and ready to follow it.
IT IS ONLY AT THIS POINT THAT LONG TERM SUCCESS IS TRULY ACHIEVABLE!