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Momentum Vs. Motivation

I did an Instagram Live recently and talked about momentum vs. motivation. You can check it out here. I shared a quote that I love:

All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end. ~ Robin Sharma

Most people who are successful at getting healthy or finishing projects have eliminated the need for motivation by leveraging momentum.

What is momentum?

Momentum is the driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.

Momentum says:

  • Start NOW!

  • Commit to one change at a time.

  • Schedule it because it’s important.

  • Accept that the journey will take effort.

  • Keep going when things get boring or hard.

  • Discipline yourself and have accountability.

What is Motivation?

It is the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Motivation says:

  • Wait until the time is right.

  • Do it “ALL OF THE THINGS” now. (chaotic)

  • I’ll do it when I feel like it.

  • I thought I would see a big change, but I didn’t so forget it.

  • I’m bored, and it’s too hard, so give up and look for something new.


You may tell yourself that it’s impossible to gain momentum without having the motivation to get started. But, unfortunately, that’s where most people who aren’t consistent with their habits go wrong.

We all know that one person who always seems to have it all together! They do meal prep, eat healthy food every day, and work out every morning before work.

We see those Instagram posts and think.. “How do they do it?”, “I wish I had the motivation to do that every day,” “I just don’t have the time right now,” “I want to start exercising, but I’m so busy”…

Motivation is a great start! It’s a positive, exciting feeling. It starts in your heart and often lines up with your desire to achieve something that may be missing in your life.

When you get motivated at the beginning of a new journey, or health goal, you may find that you over plan. You get excited and talk about it a lot, research it, write down all your plans.

But motivation comes and goes.

You may be a great starter (like me 😁) but end up getting sidetracked or making excuses that get in the way from you actually starting. So you need to have the discipline to create consistency with your health or any other project that you want to change.

So how do we get this motivation, or more importantly, how do we maintain it?


Unlike motivation, momentum is not a feeling but an action. It's more of a learned behavior.

When we take action (however small), we create a sense of momentum and move forward. When we create momentum, we are making progress. When we make progress, we step closer to our goals. When we move closer to our goals, we feel a sense of achievement, creating motivation. And even though we aren’t seeking motivation, we can create it through action and momentum.


We build habits by constantly creating momentum. When we continuously take action and build momentum, we can start to build healthy habits. For example, when we do something over and over, like work out each morning or meal prep, these small, continual efforts eventually form daily habits. We can then begin to see changes in our lives.

So which one do you tend to lean toward?

What is one thing you need to work on to get the momentum to move forward?

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