Today I am going to talk about motivation and how it plays a part in your workouts.
I use to use “being motivated” as the prime means to getting my workouts done. If I could just set a goal, have a workout partner, or have an event to work towards then I would get my workouts in more consistently and be super motivated.
Motivation would usually come full force the first couple weeks but inevitably dwindle as days passed. It was almost like I was more motivated to start the plan than actually follow through.
Then the guilt would follow.
Why couldn’t I just have the discipline to stay on track?
Why couldn’t I just workout 6 days a week like I promised myself?
Why isn’t this time different?
And eating is a whole other issue. Why couldn’t I say no to that cookie or just be strict with my diet like I intended?
I would then respond by trying to up my game by restricting even more and being even more disciplined. Eventually the motivation would fall off yet again.
The thing with motivation is it comes full circle and ebbs and flows hindering our best efforts to stay consistent and put in the work long enough to actually get results.
It begs the question: Does the answer then lie in being motivated all the time?
Not so much. Successful people put in the work whether they feel like it or not, whether it is convenient or not. What if we didn’t feel motivated to take care of our children or go to work?
The reality is we will not always feel motivated to workout or make healthy choices. We will be faced with times we are tired, unmotivated, and just not care. Sometimes it is ok to take a step back and miss a workout or two, or a week or two, but in the big picture having motivation is not going to be a reliable source to stick with it.
I can give you some tips to lay out your clothes the night before or keep your end goal in mind but really it is a mindset shift.
Here are a few things to consider to curb the “I’m just not motivated” way of thinking.
You do not have to commit to perfection but you do have to commit to hard work.
Working out and getting healthier/fitter/stronger is not about perfection. And it can feel quite overwhelming to feel like you have to do everything right and nothing wrong just to make improvements.
That is simply not the case.
Trying to follow rigid diets and workout plans create a false sense of security that if we do everything right we will get the desired outcomes, but that is not always how it works.
Instead of seeking perfection cultivate a relentless commitment to yourself, to your desire to improve and change. It is not about doing everything perfect, it is about doing something consistent.
Don’t believe everything you think.
Giving up, telling yourself you just don’t have what it takes to be healthier, or saying that you have tried before and it just doesn’t work is interesting from a psychological standpoint in a sense that it provides comfort.
When you a have a fixed view of what you think you are able to do, you convince yourself you don’t really have to try because you tell yourself it just doesn’t work. And you believe it.
I get this because it feels painful. It doesn’t feel good to try, try, and try again and feel like nothing ever works. It feels good to blame age, stress, other people, time schedules and even lack of motivation, as to why we are unable to reach our goals.
Believing that you have the abilities, desire and want to make change, is just as important as taking action itself. I never met a successful person in any area of life who said that they just kinda wanted something and it all worked out. Have passion, have desire and have an unwavering belief that you will be successful.
Change your habits because of the love you have for your body, not the hate you have for it.
You do not have to hate your way to success. You hear me say this ALL the time but often do you really practice this idea.
Even if you are dissatisfied with your current habits or body, you can still accept yourself without accepting the situation. You can still be content without being satisfied.
Challenges and struggles never feel easy. Changing habits does not feel easy. But that is how we grow. That is how we learn. That is how we change.
A strong, successful mindset grows in the process, learning and improving, not just in the ultimate outcome. Have an active part in your life and your success.
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