We give motivation (or more like, the lack of it) way too much control and credit for our (in)actions. Blaming the lack of motivation is a fruitless pursuit. So is waiting for the motivation to strike before taking action.
After a certain point, seeking for the holy grail of motivation becomes a waste of time. Like excessive planning without doing the actual work, the focus on the ups and downs of motivation keeps us from making progress. And there will always be ups and downs.
Take teeth brushing as an example. All of us have done it since we were little kids. It’s ingrained into our identity.
You don’t skip brushing your teeth because you’re not motivated. You don’t stop it for a month because you don’t feel like it.
Except on rare occasions (hot date!) you don’t have a burning drive to squeeze toothpaste on to that brush. You don’t stop caring for your teeth because it’s not (always) fun.
You don’t need an exciting monthly toothpaste subscription with ever changing flavours to spice up your evening routine in front of the mirror.
Almost anything that happens in your life makes zero difference to your teeth brushing habits.
You keep taking care of your mouth hygiene because it’s good for you. Because you’re the kind of person who looks after their teeth. Brushing (and hopefully flossing) your teeth are part of who you are and what you do.
What if you’d approach movement and exercise with the same Stoic mentality as you do brushing your teeth?
Become a physically active, ideally daily, because you’re the kind of person who does it. Because it’s good for you. Regardless of how motivated you feel.
That used to be you. Now might be a good time to reclaim it.
You already know how.