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Motivation is bulls!t Sneak peak from 'If your body could talk' book

Dear Rita,

Do you think that you have to “feel” motivated and be in the mood to eat well and exercise?

I think that is what you think. Today you said, “I can’t be bothered working out”, even though you haven’t exercised for a week.

Yesterday when your friends wanted to go to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner you said, “I’m not in the mood to eat vegetables.”

And that was that, there was no working out and no vegetables for dinner.

It’s strange because there are plenty of other things that you do every day that you’re not “in the mood” or “motivated” to do. How often would you go to work if you only went to work when you felt like it? What would happen if you only did things based on the mood you were feeling at the time?

Do you think Olympians feel “motivated” every day that they have to train to reach their goals? What would get done in this world if people only did things when they felt in the mood?

You’ve achieved a lot of great things in your life. Think of some of the things that you are proud of achieving. When you were working towards achieving these things, did you feel motivated the whole time? I know you didn’t. So how did you still manage to get those things done? What role did motivation play? Maybe it was there every now and then or helped you get started. But I doubt it was your driving force, pushing you to get things done day in and day out.

Maybe motivation is a bit overrated.

Maybe deep down you know you don’t need to feel motivated to get things done.

So why do you keep telling yourself that it is needed to exercise and to eat well day to day?

Sure, things may be easier when you’re in the mood, but I’m not sure if life is about only doing things that are easy. If motivation is going to remain a prerequisite for exercise and eating well in your world then we’re headed down a slippery downward slope.

Motivation is like good weather. It comes and goes with the seasons, and if you live in Melbourne it will come and go within one morning!

Motivation is bullsh!t. If you wait around for it, you might get left behind by everyone who is getting on without it. By everyone who instead of being thrown around by daily motivation levels are driven by something deeper, by inspiration.

Love always,

Your Body xx

This is an extract from Jacquie Sharples‘ book ‘If your body could talk‘, a collection of letters written from your body to you. Take the time to listen to your body and hear what it has been trying to tell you.

Available in paperback and e-book at all major online retailers such as Amazon.

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