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Action = Results!

By Tracie Johanson

"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." - by Frank Tibolt

This is a very important quote that we carefully selected because.....let's face's hard to find the motivation to exercise! The temperature is either too hot or too cold, and it's easy to just let the workout slide.

But there's the danger! It's sooooo tempting to just skip the workout for today and perhaps wait for inspiration to strike us at home. Maybe some of these excuses sound familiar: "It's too hot right now - I'll go exercise tonight" or "I just don't feel like doing anything today - I'll work out twice as long tomorrow". Of course, the workout doesn't happen tonight and tomorrow we find a new reason not to exercise.

Please understand that we're not 'pointing the finger' here! We're in the same boat right along with you!

But let's read that quote again: "We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." - by Frank Tibolt.

How do we find the motivation to exercise today? WE JUST DO IT. I know that sounds like a Nike commercial, but really, it's the truth. Just doing it (exercising) will give us the inspiration to do it again tomorrow. The action creates the inspiration!

Did you ever find yourself with a lot of housework to do, and you were absolutely NOT looking forward to it? Yet, once you started cleaning, you kind of 'got into it' and ended up putting in a lot of time and effort. The house looked GREAT! The action created the inspiration!

Did you ever have a HUGE project at work that needed to get done? Chances are, it was a real nightmare of a task. Yet, once you really started on the project, you ended up working on it until midnight! Again, the action created the inspiration!

Exercise is the same way. Sometimes we don't look forward to working out. Sometimes it's a chore. Yet, once we start, it feels so good that we give it 110%!

That's our secret for exercise motivation. Don't wait until you feel like exercising, because you'll probably NEVER feel like it. JUST DO IT. The action of working out will create the inspiration you need to exercise tomorrow......and the day after.

Now, let's read that quote just more time....."We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." - by Frank Tibolt

Now let's go do it!

About The Author

Tracie Johanson is the founder of Pick Up The Pace, 30-Minute Workout For Women. Pick Up The Pace is a 30-minute exercise studio for women, focusing on fitness, health and nutrition for maximum weight loss. For more information please visit or email us at

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* The information in this article and on this site is for general reference purposes only and not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information in this article or on should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


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