For so many years when people would say that they envied my motivation to workout, to try new things, travel, keep my house clean, move along my career path, to you know- do life- I would always respond that I was disciplined not motivated. Because I wasn’t always in the mood to get up early and get out the door to stress my body. Often I was in the mood to sit on the couch and drink coffee while reading a good book.

Lately, I’ve feeling their pain. In recent months not only has my motivation gone, but so too has my discipline. Running miles have been down, swims have been lackluster and trips to the gym have been nonexistent. I’d have a day of normalcy here or there, but then it was always right back to where I began- inertia.

I’m pretty sure that this can all be tied back to stress and the need to make some changes in my life. I kept hoping that my motivation would magically appear. Or said changes in my life would happen without a push, but we all know that’s not the case.

No one ventures out onto the internet to hear about someone else’s hard time, so why am I writing about this here? To reflect. To give myself a push.

As I was trying to figure out exactly what I meant by that I found a video of a young Steve Jobs. Young Steve Jobs says this thing about poking at life and how if you poke it, something usually comes out the other side.

That’s what this project is all about. Poking at life. Hoping to find some motivation. Hoping to inspire some change.

Thus far it’s been working. Just the idea of starting this project, sharing it with friends, dreaming of a brighter future has perked me up, helped me find some of my mojo. I’ve been happy to work hard at the pool. I’ve successfully slogged through more miles. It hasn’t all been pretty, but it seems like maybe there is some light at the end of this tunnel.

What motivates you?