Action Comes Before Motivation

21 Nov Action Comes Before Motivation

Action Comes Before Motivation. Debatable? No.

1st  Need-to-Know: Statements such as  ‘Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?’ are definitely debatable. If you are a person who likes to ‘debate at high volume’ i.e., argue, the chicken or egg question is a grand opportunity to fine-tune your argumentative skills.  Not so with the subject of today’s post. Motivation follows action–or simply stated–Act first; motivation will follow. (You don’t have to believe this for it to work.)

2nd Need-to-Know: ‘Good things come in small packages’. That’s the English version and not the only language in the world to make use of this quotation.

German: In den kleinsten Flaschen ist das beste Likör (literally, In the small bottles there is the best liquor)

French: Tout ce qui est petit est mignon (literally, All that is small is nice)

Mandarin: 好東西不在個頭大 ( literally Small things are big)

So, people around the world agree–small is worthwhile.

Real-life Application:  Exercise (You knew that was coming.)

Action comes first even when it comes to exercise. I’ve lost count of the times people casually comment that it is easy for me to routinely exercise. (I don’t take offence yet it can be annoying.) There isn’t anyone I know who springs from their bed everyday at the crack of dawn because they are sooooh excited about their exercise plan for the day. Admittedly having routinely acted I have the benefit of the motivation that has followed. That is what keeps me going. It will keep you going too. Action comes before motivation.

Why Exercise: Can’t think of a more appropriate topic given how hard it is to see the light at the end of the tunnel these days. Exercise is one of the best antidotes for this ‘non-stop-drip-to-our-inner-core’, pervasive, situational anxiety and uncertainty. Yet it’s tough to start. (New spark plugs work for a lawnmower but for us? not that easy) We just can’t get going.

Suggested Solution: Back to the ‘good things in small packages’. Start small. Be creative. Forget grandiose ideas of 2-hour walks lugging a 40-lb backpack in preparation for ‘pie-in-the-sky’ visions of hiking the Bruce Trail end-to-end. Nix seeing yourself conquering that 60-min Zoom Go-To-The-Max Exercise Class; and please, ignore anyone who suggests you should follow ‘their exercise routine’. ‘Thank you kindly. I’m good to go.’ Tell them that and then get on with your own show. Challenge yourself to come up with the absolute smallest, wee dose of exercise you can imagine. Then…act…then…do it.

Perhaps you disagree with my post today. I challenge you to find out for yourself. Good Luck!

One final note on that chicken and egg thing: If you have any good answers to that, I’d love to know because I still haven’t figured it out.

Thanks for reading. ~Linda

Inspiration for Post: the Dr. Greg Wells podcast #103. Dr. Gina di Giulo on Self-care &  Managing Stress and Anxiety


  • Charlene Kopansky
    Posted at 17:01h, 21 November Reply

    I agree 100% with this entire post. Why not share this on the CALA facebook page… well written, honest and inspiring.
    Thank you Linda.

  • Brian Burke
    Posted at 17:51h, 21 November Reply

    Great read.

  • Agnes Muleme
    Posted at 01:07h, 30 November Reply

    Very nice.
    Small is what the doctor ordered recently. After two, three, four months, motivation was oozing out the window.
    Then small seemed to appear out of the blue and has been building up strength slow but steadily.
    Wonderful to be reminded.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 15:01h, 05 December Reply

      Thank you. How wonderful of you to share.

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