YOU are the one.

by Jenny Swisher on April 17, 2014

YOU are the one who has to inspire change. Change in yourself, and change in others. Not someone else who’s better at it than you, and not another time that’s more convenient. Right now. And it has to be YOU.

Folks who struggle with motivation often miss one key component that could be the difference between staying the same or improving: They place the stress of finding something motivating for them on someone else. They run to their personal trainer and say, “I just have no motivation! Please help!” or they ask their spouse to inspire change in them, hoping that their words, spoken another way, may get them “motivated.”

Please realize that the only person who can motivate you is YOU.

It’s hard. And it sucks.

When we were kids, there were those cartoons where you’d see the devil dressed in red sitting on someone’s shoulder, telling them lies and falsities, while an angel sat atop the other shoulder, offering encouragement and praise. When you’re looking to make a change in your life, these two combative forces will work against you, and their chatter will make your head hurt. So what do you do? You have to go deaf in one ear. You have to turn that little devil off, and listen only to the angel. You have to realize that while you may try brushing him off and tearing him down, he will not falter. His voice will, in fact, get louder and more negative. Know this: Even those who have reached the goal you are aiming for still live with evil voices on their shoulder. They may appear confident, but they’re just more confident than they used to be. They, too, have been where you are.

So you have to make a choice. Right now. Right. NOW. You have to realize that in this journey, there will be naysayers and there will be gravity-like forces pulling you away from your goal. But the only thing that can get you from point A to point B? Is YOU.

Show up. Do the work. Ignore what’s not serving you. Encourage others. And go.

Oh… and never stop.

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