3 Reasons Why Grit is More Important Than Motivation
Mar 12 2020 — Mindset
Most people think they need “motivation” to achieve their fitness goals…
...but that creates a huge problem.
In fact, this problem is up there with sugar and processed foods. Like them, this problem is contributing to global rates of obesity and heart disease...which are ticking up every year.
See, too many people are relying on “motivation” and it’s leaving them stalled. They aren’t making progress in their fitness journeys...which means they’re backsliding. They’re backsliding into poor eating habits, holding onto extra weight, and feeling depressed.
That’s why today I’m going to show you why grit is WAY more powerful.
#1 - Emotions Come and Go
Have you ever laughed at a sad movie?
Or felt totally at peace in a chaotic situation?
Or woke up in a funk even though your life was going good?
It turns out, our emotions are only sort of connected to our circumstances.
There are things in our environment that can trigger certain emotions…but for the most part, emotions come and go as they please.
Which is a problem, because motivation is just another emotion.
And if you try to use motivation as fuel in your fitness journey, it’s a complete gamble.
GRIT, on the other hand, is about what you DO, not what you feel like.
It’s the ability to do what you NEED to do even when you don’t WANT to do it.
That’s the beauty of grit -- it allows you to make progress even on the days when you’re grumpy, tired, upset, or “not in the mood.”
Because grit is not about your mood.
#2 - You Can Strengthen Your Grit by Building Habits
Anyone can set a new habit at any time.
All it takes is a strong reason WHY and 30 days straight of repeating that habit.
Which is super easy when it comes to setting health and fitness habits.
Because the alternative is...well, scary.
Just look at this quote from a recent Northwestern University article:
In 2020, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be overweight or obese. Currently, 72 percent of men and 63 percent of women are overweight or obese (people who are overweight have a BMI of 25 to 29, people who are obese have a BMI of 30 or greater). In 2020, 77 percent of men and 53 percent of women will have dysglycemia (either diabetes or pre-diabetes). Currently, 62 percent of men and 43 percent of women have dysglycemia.