written by: Nem
Have you ever woken up and felt like not going to work? And even though you didn’t feel like going, you still ended up going to work? This perfectly illustrates the concept of motivation and commitment.
You were not motivated to go to work, meaning, you did not have a desire to do this, however, you were committed to this job and you showed up for work anyway.
Similar examples of commitment vs motivation can be found in other areas of life and health & fitness world is no different. For example, you watched a video or read a story about your favorite celebrity who turned their life around by eating healthier and exercising regularly. In their interview, they might mention how they have more energy now, they feel, move and look better.
After reading this story, you got excited and determined you want to start eating better and exercising. In other words, now you feel motivated to exercise and eat healthy. However, just because you feel motivated, it doesn’t mean you will actually start doing these things now. How many times have you felt motivated to exercise or eat healthy, but you ended up not doing it?
Once we take action and actually start exercising and eating healthy, we are committing to making a change to reach our health and fitness goals.
Oftentimes people use this initial spike in motivation to push them to start doing healthy things. They feel excited and motivated so they start working out and eating well. However, after a while motivation usually wanes and/or disappears. At that point, most people stop and revert back to their old habits.
This is an example of where people were motivated but they did not stay committed to their goals. Being committed, means doing things you don’t want to, but you do them anyway because you know it is the right thing to do. You do those tasks despite being hard, having obstacles to overcome, temporary setbacks and/or various forces pulling you in the opposite direction (e.g. negative self-talk). Motivation is the desire and drive to make a change. Commitment is action, determination and dedication.
In the health/fitness world, that might mean doing a workout even though you don’t feel like it. Skipping take out and cooking healthy meal at home, despite not really wanting to do this.