There may be two people, both the same age, both with the same basic physical fitness level, and both with the same amount of time available to them. Yet one of the two, has an inner drive that propels him/her forward while the other just doesn't feel like doing anything. Why? What prevents the second of the two from standing up, heading out the door and busying him/herself in a way that creates an end-of-the-day accomplished feeling?
Am I talking about physical fitness activities? Mowing the lawn? Hiking a trail? Fishing? Walking to the nearest library to browse the shelves? Painting the front porch?
I'm talking about all of these and more. One might say, "Well it's a matter of choice. You either decide to act or not act." However, it's not always that easy. Not everyone has the motivation to toe the starting line of a ten mile road race and push themselves to go the distance. Not everyone who goes fishing wants to walk a mile up a trail to an area that hasn't been fished to ensure they'll have success. And still again, not everyone wishes to walk five city blocks to browse the bookshelves of their favorite subjects only to leave two hours later without a book to read, but happy because they went.
So is it all about motivation? Is it about setting out to acomplish a task, looking forward to the reward at the other end? Sometimes, yes. But not always. Two thousand people standing at that starting line don't all do it with the expectation of seeing that trophy on their mantle later that evening.
There is nothing wrong with not wanting to be driven in spirit. We each have different goals and desires. If one feels content to stare out the window and watch the birds while sipping their coffee, it's okay. While watching the birds, your neighbor is heading out for a fifty mile bike ride. One is not better than the other. One is not lazier than the other. Both have different comfort levels that make them feel good. So it is really okay to just be.
However, if you are that person, watching the birds, and wishing you could be like the neighbor, here are a couple of ideas that may help you make the jump.
1) Pick 3 people you know that are all genuinely motivated, active, and seem highly driven. Consider their actions. Consider their behaviors. Pick one thing that each of these people does that impresses you and figure out a way to do the same thing yourself.
2) Talk yourself into craving healthier foods than you may be eating, with a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, etc. and hydrate well with non-carbonated drinks.
3) Keep a daily diary or log-book of the high points of your day and accomplishments.
4) Ignore the criticisms of the would-be "experts" that have no clue as to what is going on in your mind. Don't let these people bring you down?
5) Create, and write down a list of both short and long-term goals. This may also include starting out your day or week with a to-do list. Don't forget to put things on this list that you KNOW will be accomplished. Crossing things off the list will give you a great feeling.
I hope that everyone who reads this understands that each person is somewhat like a snow-flake, in that we are all different. Don't feel down because of life's events from the past or the present. Don't let how others see you influence your mood. Start from within and work outward. Focus on being happy with yourself no matter what you do or don't do. You live once. Make it count!