It’s not always an easy question to answer. Sometimes I think I am motivated to go after something, but if I sit back and take an objective look I realize I’m not quite as motivated as I thought. In fact, I’m not motivated at all…I just want it to happen. Big difference. Many of us want to make a change, or go after a goal, but to me being motivated means you are willing to put the extra effort in, and make some sacrifices along the way, as opposed to just wanting. I have a goal of losing 7 pounds. But does just stating that goal make me motivated? In my opinion, no. The fact that I am on vacation and have resisted the temptation to use the “but I’m on vacation” excuse several times makes me motivated. The fact that I did a quick workout in our room this morning makes me motivated. Very important note-the point of this post is not to say that I have 100% motivation all the time. Not even close. I am drinking a beer as I type this getting ready to go out to dinner. However-I have figured out which sacrifices I am willing to make, and which I am not. I am also comfortable admitting that I am not completely motivated, and I still have a lot of work to do. There is, and likely always will be, a part of me that just wants to be fit and healthy without putting in the extra work, or giving up any of the things I enjoy. But I have accepted that getting what you want isn’t easy-nor should it be. How much sweeter is it to achieve something you had to really work for, and remain dedicated to? So here’s my question to you…honest answers only! How dedicated are you to your goal?