A desire is a strong emotion, a passion, a longing for something. When you truly desire something, it is consuming. It becomes the object of your affection, is constantly on your mind, and you will do just about anything to achieve it.
Interest is all together different. To be interested in something is to be curious about it. It’s something that you find fascinating, remarkable, or amazing. But interest doesn’t motivate one to act. Emotion does.
Why do we need emotion? Because reaching a life changing goal will cost you dearly and when it hurts (change does hurt), passion is the only thing that carries us though.
What is the cost? You may be thinking that it’s your “free” time or your money, but I believe it’s bigger than that. Getting healthy and fit comes at a high price – the price of inconvenience. It isn’t the money or necessarily the time. It’s the fact that it is plain old inconvenient to change your lifestyle. It's not convenient to plan your meals ahead of time. It's not convenient to get up at 5:30 am to workout to ensure you won’t be interrupted. It isn't always convenient to cook at home rather than eat out to ensure a healthier meal. None of these things are easy to do and that is precisely why losing weight and keeping it off it so hard. That’s why we need passion – to push us beyond the inconvenience.
Passion results when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. When you are fed up. When you’ve had enough and can’t take anymore. It's more than interest; passion compels you to act. Are you at that point?
It’s been said that you can’t change what you tolerate and if we are honest with ourselves, we know that is true. As long as we are comfortable with the discomfort of our situation, we won’t change. As long as we give our excuses the power to stop us from acting, everything remains the same. As long as the pain of changing outweighs the benefits (measured by our actions, not our words), we won’t make real, lasting progress towards our goals. Period. The cold hard truth is that we don't change until we can’t stand not to. It is then, and only then, that we become unstoppable.
So how does one get fed up? You get fed up by facing the facts. What is the truth about your situation? What is likely to happen if you don't change? What will the quality of your life be 5, 10 or even 1 year from now? Where will your energy level be? What are the chances that you'll be on medication? We have a tendency to think that everything remains the same when we don't change, but exactly the opposite is true.
We are always moving forward or stepping backward, there is no such thing as standing still. Every day we don't do something about our heatlh, it is further deteriorating and we are moving backward. When we take ownership and start taking the necessary steps, we are moving foward. It's not about perfection, but it is about progress.
Stop letting your lack of flawless execution stop you; any step in the right direction is better than taking no steps at all. I challenge you to get moving and remember...
"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."
-- Henry Ford
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