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Taking It Off... – Week 4

A few things occurred to me this week as I hit the halfway mark. The first and the thing I want to focus on is the difference between motivation and inspiration. I first undertook the Shannan Ponton 8 Week Challenge with one motivation in mind and that still remains my primary driver, however other motivating factors have crept into my psyche.

My primary motivation was and still is to rectify the one part of my life that I’m not happy with – my weight and therefore my physical appearance. Sure, I’ve developed a competitive streak that motivates me to want bigger and better results and to train harder and faster, but the principal driving force remains the same and that is to lose weight.

However what I have noticed is a number of people, both on the challenge and in the world at large, seem to expect other people to motivate them. I believe motivation must come from within. To achieve any goal in life, you have to really want it. You have to be driven to achieve it. Nobody else can do that for you. Others can certainly inspire you to greatness whether by their attitude, actions or encouragement, but motivation has to come from inside you. What I’m trying to say is that asking other people for motivation or asking them how to get motivated is a waste of time. You need to know why you want whatever it is you’re chasing, whether it be weight-loss results, a better job or anything else for that matter. If you don’t know why you’re doing something, no amount of external influence will make any difference. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Something I learned about myself is that this newly developed competitive streak can be detrimental if not kept in check. I’ve been pushing myself to achieve massive results, and whilst I’m still motivated by that desire, I now realise that if I push myself too hard, the greater goal may derail itself. So much so that Renee, my trainer at Beachbodies Health Club has tried to get me to tone it down a bit – and I will. I only lost 1.1 kilograms this week, but I’m OK with that because I’m still making progress and if I injure myself, or burn-out, I’ll never achieve my goals. So far I’ve lost 12 kilos on the challenge and 62 overall. Not bad if I do say so myself.

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