Motivation can have unpredictable effects. This may come as news to you because it is often implied motivation can only do you well. The idea is motivation helps you achieve and succeed …
- it provides a spark.
- it adds fuel to the fire.
- it is the essential ingredient for reaching anything that requires willpower and discipline.
Of course, this is the idea. In practice it can appear this way too, but not always. This point is important to note because many people assume motivation is a process that means we will end up with what we want. It has its flaws. Motivation is fleeting – it often comes and goes. If the desire is not strong enough, or the aim is not a necessary one, its foundation will be unsteady.
If motivation is relied on, the moment it goes, the goal is put at risk. Unfortunately, many people grow to depend on their motivation more than they should, and commonly the desire to reach the goal they set out to achieve is only half-hearted.
However, used correctly it is a potent tool to help you succeed. It enables you to get started and propels you forward. It allows you to build momentum, which puts you on the right track. The results you see can reinforce your efforts so you continue in the right direction.
When it comes to your health especially, you would be wise to ensure the motivation you have is the right kind. You do not want to be wasting your time when you are investing it in your well-being.
How to use motivation wisely. First, you need to make sure you have an earnest desire to achieve your goal, whether it is …
- weight loss,
- managing your blood sugar levels or
- improving your cardiovascular disease.
You will know you want it enough when you continually think about your goal, and it even gives you mild anxiety to consider not doing something.
Does having Type 2 diabetes bring you psychological distress to know you have been diagnosed but have remained passive in your actions? Do you feel guilty for putting yourself in this position, and surely feel a nagging urge to set things straight? It is only when it is almost an obsession for you your goals will be grounded. In this case – you will already have the motivation you need to succeed.
If you can not agree to the above, it may just not be enough. You will need more internal motivation to guarantee the success of your efforts. In that case, the best you can do to motivate yourself is educate yourself on what you have to lose. Realize how dangerous your situation may be. Remember your time is limited, and if you are to make the most of it, being healthy and having Type 2 diabetes under control is a prerequisite.