Why do most people not achieve their goals? Great question!
I had a patient today who was in to get a new pair of orthotics. Her old pair were quite worn and she was having recurrent foot pain. We discussed shoes, stretching and new orthotics. Then I asked the million dollar question, “When are you going to get serious about losing weight?” For every pound you lose in body weight, you lose 3 pounds of torque on your feet. It is amazing on how just a few pounds can impact your foot health. She gave me some hollow excuses and then said’ “I just can’t get motivated.”
This is not uncommon. Unfortunately, we are part of the microwave generation and many lack self-motivation. I personally always have a race on the calendar as a carrot to chase. If I’m not training, then the race will be humiliating or hurt really bad! That’s part of my motivation. The other part is the personal well being, you could call it the “runner’s high” that I get out of my workouts! They just plain make me feel better!
I’m going to try to find something that is inspirational at least once a week during this holiday season to try to help you motivate yourself to start reaching your goals way before the New Year! Remember, Rome was not built in a day! Baby steps every day towards your goals and all of a sudden you find you are there!
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan