The Motivation Myth
“Inspiration is for amateurs - the rest of us just show up and get to work”. The famous artist, Chuck Close, meant this in the context of explaining how he has never had “artist block” and that he believes that inspiration rather begins from actually beginning your work process and following the possibilities that stem from it.
In other words, Dedication > Motivation
And I’ll be damned if he isn’t right. Especially when it comes to your health and wellness. How often have you been sitting at your desk at work before the gym or turning your alarm off before your early morning run, only to decide against your exercise because you just weren't feeling it?
Because you were not MOTIVATED
But then think about the times you grinded through that feeling, no matter the reason why, and you just DID the workout. Maybe the moment sweat hit your brow you began to feel the adrenaline and you crushed it. Or maybe you just felt like shit and the workout crushed you. Either way, when your head hit the pillow on these nights, I bet you felt a whole lot better than the days you chose to skip.
This is what DEDICATION feels like
Whether you choose to believe it or not, you are not an amateur when it comes to your personal health. You may not have the knowledge or the experience, but you are a professional. You have no other choice, not if you want to live long life that is worth living. And this is why we have to be proactively dedicated to this life long endeavor, not reliant on the coming and going of motivation.
Now let me say emphatically, there are legitimate reasons to throttle down. If your dog died yesterday, by all means feel free to skip a workout the next day. If you slept like shit because you’re coming down with a head cold, stay the hell home. And It is ok to just straight up slip, even when it comes to things we are truly dedicated to. We are human, and to fail is in our nature. Ol’ hardass Jake over here is writing a blog for the first time in two weeks, an aspect of his job that has become actually important, because of a lack of...you know...motivation.
It is when we let this slip become a stumble and turn our stumble into a fall that we begin to have a problem. We look for a sign, a spark of motivation, to get back into the game. We expect a hand to be offered rather than seek one out. Success comes to those who seize the opportunities that are around them, it is rarely ever dropped on them by chance. It comes to those who are dedicated to the process, rather than motivated by results.
They say that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the will to do what's right even in the presence of fear. Well then dedication is not the presence of motivation, but rather it is the will to do what needs to be done even with the absence of motivation. Be dedicated. Be a professional YOU. Because motivation is for amateurs.