“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action, but a habit.” — Aristotle
Have you ever admired a healthy, fit person from afar and wished you had their motivation, drive, and passion? Or what about just snapping your fingers and having immediate results? Even better — what if someone could just do the work for us?!
As humans, we often admire what’s seen without giving much thought to the unseen. We see before and after pictures, without realizing all that took place in the “and” between before AND after. We don’t see the blood, sweat, and tears. We don’t see the denying of cravings, the countless hours of meal prep, the early morning or late night sweat sessions, or the battle of the mind fought day after day. We don’t witness the moments of weakness or falling down. We gaze upon the finished product and think to ourselves “if only I could be like that” or “I wish I could.”
I want to let you in on a little secret. YOU CAN! You have what it takes and you are totally worth it. The fact that you’re reading this tells me that the desire is there. Desire is like a seed. It gets planted and becomes motivation, but motivation only takes you so far. Keep watering that thing and watch it grow into discipline. Remember, “the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.”
After having my daughter six months ago, I found myself discouraged and defeated in my own journey. She was my healthiest and most active pregnancy out of all five. I set a goal in the beginning of my pregnancy with her to run 15 miles a week until I delivered. Crazy, I know I stayed focused and committed to that goal (the power of a made up mind y’all haaa). I was confident that all of my preparation during pregnancy would lead to a fast, complication-free delivery. Well, I was wrong. After a really rare and bizarre set of events, she arrived via emergency c-section. Recovery (physically and emotionally) seemed impossible and far off.
My first day working out postpartum felt ridiculous. It felt pointless. It felt like it was in vain because I was just too far gone. I felt weak. I “felt” a lot of things. Can I tell y’all something liberating? Feelings lie!!! They’re fickle and ever-changing. We can’t trust ’em.
After indulging in my own pity party, I had a choice to make. I revisited my “why” and desire was born again. That’s all I needed. And it’s all you need.
Desire > Motivation > Discipline
Does discipline mean perfection? No way!!! Your journey to health and wholeness is a never ending one. We were created to be ever evolving and growing, never having “arrived.” Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Every season of your life serves a purpose. It’s a beautiful thing to reach down deep, pull out our inner champion, we all have one down in there, and keep pressing forward toward the goal!