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When most people ask me questions like, "How can I get motivated to eat healthy and exercise?", what they are usually asking me is "How can I make myself do something that I really don't want to do?".  This is a very faulty line of thinking and is exactly why many people are struggling with motivation.  This line of thinking gives motivation a very demotivating definition.  Let me explain...

There are three definitions of motivation: Standard (Implied), Basic, and the "Bikini Mindset" definition of motivation.  I already touched on the Standard (Implied) definition of motivation.  For teaching purposes, that official definition is "taking forced action or inaction" ("How do I make myself do something I don't want to do"). This definition requires the constant use of self-control and willpower to get something done.  

The problem with always relying on self-control and willpower is that they are both very limited resources; they can be applied to only one or two areas of life at any given time.  So if you're having to white-knuckle your way through the work day because you can't stand your job, you are using a majority--if not all--of your available self-control and willpower.  If you do have any left over, it isn't very much.  Most people have to white-knuckle their way through their workday and daily tasks that are tedious and menial (dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc).  After all of this, there isn't enough self-control and willpower left to make yourself do anything more than what it takes to simply survive.  

Do you understand why relying on self-control and willpower is actually very futile and even counter-productive?

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