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Not what you get, but what you become

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

-Zig Ziglar

I often get messages from people who are feeling discouraged. “Progress isn’t fast enough”. “The process is too challenging”. Oh, and by the way, “this isn’t how my life was supposed to be.”

Staying motivated can be challenging. Giving in, or “settling” can seem like the easy choice. I get it. It is easier to just accept where you’re at. Stop spending so much time on therapy. Stop trying to become healthier. These all seem like reasonable choices in the moment. But are they? I mean, is it really better to just accept where you are? 

Motivation is the desire to change. Your present “challenges” aside, I can’t think of a better word to describe the foundation of a fulfilling life. Why? Because the desire to change brings about self-reflection, and learning.  Beyond that, the desire to change undoubtedly waters the seed of humility, courage, and resilience.  But desire is only have the battle…….

To actually change (for the better)………..now this requires work. Positive change requires discipline (doing the positive work you don’t want to do), and self-control (not doing the harmful things you want to do). Long story short, getting healthy, and/or reaching your rehab goals isn’t always “fun”. But here in lies the hope. Positive change is good. Positive change builds confidence we didn’t know we lacked.  But there is more. Doing difficult things that lead to positive outcomes is not the end of the story. You don’t just get the better body, or get “bragging rights” for your next family gathering. You become a better human. A human that is more humble, more resilient, and more courageous. So, as Zig Ziglar so eloquently states……

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

-Zig Ziglar

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