Motivation | It Takes More Than That To Change!

By | January 12, 2013

More than motivation to create change!

create changeIt’s more than motivation to create change!  I have heard a number of times over the past few weeks about motivation to change.  It made me think way back 30 years ago when I began my journey to reduce my weight, get fit, get healthy.

You see at that time I was young, had been in a couple of accidents, was overweight and really intimidated to walk into a gym to find out about a membership.  It took me quite a long time to actually go from thinking about exercise in a gym to actually getting a membership.

It was really hard.  I remember a few times driving to the gym with the thought that I would get a membership that day. Yet I left without even walking into the gym to find out about a membership.  At that time the gym was mostly guys, bodybuilding gym.  A very intimidating place for an overweight young woman.

Then a few years later a friend and I made the decision that it would be great to start bodybuilding.  So together we went to the local gym, got memberships and started.  Over the next 2 years, I don’t think we missed a day.

We Create Change By “Showing Up”

In the beginning, we really didn’t know that much about exercise, bodybuilding, making a change.  Yet we “Showed Up” excited about the possibilities of change.  We had tons of fun, laughed, struggled, met people who helped us and things began to happen.

We were a funny pair.  You see I was 80 lbs overweight, out of shape and my friend already looked in shape.  I am almost 6 feet tall and my friend is 5′ tall.  But it worked.

She ended up competing in a novice bodybuilding competition and won.  It was great to experience that.  For me, I went from being really overweight to being in very good shape.  The transformation was awesome.

The journey we took in our first gym experience wasn’t about motivation.

We were ready.  We had gone through the process necessary to create a successful transformation.

What I didn’t realize or even know at the time is I went through a whole process to change.  It is called the “Stages of Change” or Transtheoretical Model.  I know I lost you.  Hang on it will make sense.  You will see it’s more than “motivation”.    It is the process we go through to create successful change.  When I began to realize that making successful change is about going through a process, I began to stress out less, figure out where I was in that “Stages of Change” model and work through exactly what I wanted to happen for me.


It helped me feel better about myself. Understanding the process helped eliminate the shame I had lived within being overweight.  It created success for me and it can certainly do the same for you!

Tomorrow I will show you the 5 Stages of Change model.

I will show you a strategy to begin understanding how we create change and that it’s more than just motivation!



Motivation | It Takes More Than That To Change!
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Motivation | It Takes More Than That To Change!
It's more than motivation to create change! I have heard a number of times over the past few weeks & it has me thinking about what it really takes to change
Wendy Bottrell

9 thoughts on “Motivation | It Takes More Than That To Change!

  1. Genae

    7 months ago I started my journey on a better me to get fit & I have to say I have been very inspired by my running group with all the stories and struggles they share. I also went through the stages of change and now I love working out!

  2. Arwen

    I started going to a gym last year but stopped when I hurt my neck. My neck doesn't hurt any more but I still haven't gone back. And I'm still paying for that membership. So I need to get back on that.  Great post.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear your neck is better. Stay tuned for my blog post today on the STAGES OF CHANGE. Hope that will help you be back at your exercise program with a renewed sense of purpose. Let me know if I can help. Wendy

  3. Mark A. Michael

    All the motivation in the world will not help someone who is not ready to make change. In fact it will sometimes drive them in the opposite direction.

  4. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Cheryl, very true. Lifting weights will not make women bulky. Thanks for connecting. Wendy


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