Extracted from the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck”…
The “Do Something” Principle
Most of us commit to action only if we feel a certain level of motivation. And we feel motivation only when we feel enough emotional inspiration. We assume these steps occur in a sort of chain reaction –
EMOTIONAL INSPIRATION – MOTIVATION – DESIRABLE ACTION
If we want to accomplish something but don’t feel motivated or inspired then we assume we are just screwed. Theres nothing you can do about it. Its not until a major life event occurs that you can generate enough motivation to actually get off the couch and do something.
The thing about motivation is thats its not only a three-part chain, but an endless loop.
INSPIRATION – MOTIVATION – ACTION – INSPIRATION – MOTIVATION – ACTION
Your actions create further emotional reaction and inspiration and move on to motivate your future actions.
Taking advantage of this knowledge, we can actually reorient our mindset in the following way:
ACTION – MOTIVATION – INSPIRATION
If you lack the motivation to make an important change in your life, DO SOMETHING – anything really and then harness the reaction to that action as a way to begin motivating yourself.
The author Tim Ferris tells a story of a author who had written over 70 novels. Someone asked the novelist how he was able to write so consistently and remain inspired and motivated. He replies “Two hundred crappy words a day, thats it”. The idea was that if he forced himself to write two hundred crappy words, more often then not the act of writing would inspire him, and before he knew it, he’d have thousands of words down on the page.
How can we apply this to fitness? Remember its about doing something, anything! Go for a walk or take the dog out, go in the kitchen and start to meal prep, make going to sessions non-negotiable. If we do these things, it will inspire us to do more and when we do more we start to achieve results and we we start to see results this motivates us to take more action.