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Motivation Is What Gets You Started

May 2nd, 2012

If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” ~ David Viscott


Well actually, let’s stop for a minute. Rather than jump right in to the active part, do you first need to change your mind? Take a few steps back and rearrange the way you think about certain things. Garfield, One of my favorite cats, certainly never had a change of mind. Maybe you agree with Garfield’s attitude when it comes to exercise, “I might as well exercise. I’m in a bad mood anyway.”

Change your mind about exercise. A negative attitude about exercise might be what stands between you and fitness. Challenge your thoughts! They’re holding you back!

Psychiatrist David Viscott wrote, “You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”

Who do you want to be? How do you want to feel? How would you like to move?

Behavior is a follower. Before you do there is generally a thought behind it…good or bad! What are you thinking about physical activity and healthy living? Have you already decided that you can’t?

I once read, “A thought is just a thought. It doesn’t mean it’s reality.”

Your goal is to acquire the identity of an active person; to think like one and behave like one. You want physical activity to become a part of who you are instead of what you do.

Put the Garfield quote away. Begin to believe you not only can, but want to become more active. Change your mind and you just might change your body, your health, your life.


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