So, what’s your motivation to do anything?  Most people have to have that carrot at the end of the stick.  That goal to strive for.  That something out there to get you from point A to point B.  The problem is recognizing that the locus of your motivation does not have to be an external one.  So many people get caught up in the competition.  Comparing themselves only in terms of how they perform against OTHERS.  But what about how you perform in relationship to yourself.  What about reducing  your risk of death and disease?  Do you think that it is a coincidence that the first four letters of the word “HEALTH” are “heal”?  That should be the main focus.  Not necessarily the competition.  You don’t have to be better than anyone else….EVER!  You just have to be better than YOU were yesterday.  Put that in perspective.  You can look back on this day one year from now and feel one of two things.  Accomplished.  Or sorry.  Which will it be?  Don’t look back and regret not starting.  Or giving up.  Keep on it and look to that internal locus of focus.  Your own motivation that makes you a little bit better person each and every day that you opt to do something instead of not.  That’s how the successful get where they are.  They weren’t born good at it.  Every expert was once a beginner and every pro was an amateur at some point.  The thing that got them where they are was the CHOICE to continue to get better each and every day.  Be part of that culture.  Be part of the wave.

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The journey of 1000 miles begins with it.  It’s the first step.  The very first step.  When babies take their first, they don’t know where all the steps will take them.  They just start walking and see what happens from there.  But the hardest step to take is ALWAYS the first one.  We’re afraid of where the road might lead.  And if we don’t start the journey, we never have to find out.  It’s also what keeps people from changing their bad habits and routines.  We don’t want to take the first step.  Once we get going, we build momentum and get on a roll.  It’s hard to start something when you don’t know the outcome.  But I encourage everyone out there to TAKE that first step.  Whether it be a new exercise program, career, school, whatever.  Take your step and see where you go.  Especially if the journey is a healthier lifestyle, odds are is that that first step will lead you to a better place than you are in.  One single step in the right direction is worth it.  And it often leads to others.  So take it.  Go.  Make that first step on your journey!