I wanted to talk a little bit about motivation today.
First off, don’t blame yourself for losing motivation. It happens to all of us at some point or another. And you know what… motivation is over rated and it’s not even close to enough to helping you reach any goal you set for yourself.
You see, Having Motivation (or not as the case may be) is NOT the problem.
Let me clear something up … Where health and exercise is concerned, almost EVERYONE is inherently "LAZY" with their habits and if given the choice without consequences, we’d all rather take it easy while eating something sweet and delicious and having a drink or two.
What typically keeps that "Laziness" from happening is the fact that well there are consequences. And you don't need a coach to tell you what you already know that diet and exercise are:
A) the best medicine and more effective than most of the stuff our doctors prescribe and
B) it ultimately is the only real path that leads us to the healthy and aesthetic results that a sweaty workout and eating a clean diet would.
But here is the truth you may not be aware of. Those that are consistent with exercise CHOOSE to get uncomfortable to reach their goals; often times they may not be ‘motivated’ and they may not ‘feel’ like it.
They do it anyways!!
They're schedule gets in the way! The kids are driving them crazy! They're spouse is travelling! Work is unbearable right now! (I have heard them all)
They do it anyways!!
So, what, from the outside may seem like a person with Amazing ‘motivation’ really just comes down to a person who has made a CHOICE.
You see the power is all in your hands. You can CHOOSE to move yourself closer to the healthier version of you or not, and this is done one bite and one workout at a time. That's it. Same thing every day...we either get closer or further away from health.
If I want you to take anything from this today is this.
THERE IS NO FAILURE
and beating ourselves up because we "fell off the wagon" is a waste of time and valuable energy. We all, yes even the MOST "Motivated" have good days and we all have bad days.
The goal is to consistently and with intention make the CHOICE to have significantly more Good Days vs Bad Days. To create a streak of positive decisions and create momentum.
What happened yesterday doesn’t matter, nobody on the face of this planet can do a thing about it, the deed is done as they say. All we have is the decisions we make in the present and the intentions and beliefs we hold for ourselves in the future.
The person that puts their health first, CHOOSES uncomfortable sweaty workouts and they CHOOSE veggies over vino more often than not. That person will not necessarily wait to be inspired to workout or eat well. In fact, if you wait for yourself to ‘feel’ like getting healthy, you will eventually just die waiting.
Instead, set yourself up for success by putting safe guards in place. Here are three great success tips:
Tip #1: Use the 5 second rule – This is a concept developed by author Mel Robbins. She suggests that once your instincts tell you to do something, you should 5-4-3-2-1-GO! and just do it. The count down awakens the prefrontal cortex of the brain and it creates a diversion so your brain can’t come up with excuses not to follow through with what your instinct is telling you to do. You can use this rule to pretty much do anything from getting your workout started to walking away from a piece of chocolate cake to asking your boss for a raise and more. (Be sure to read the book by the same title – an excellent read!).
Tip #2: Apply the 10 minute rule – This is a favorite ‘go to’ success tip. On those days when you absolutely don’t ‘feel’ like training, tell yourself to exercise for ‘just 10 minutes’. By giving yourself permission to stop exercising after 10 minutes it’s easier to just start. More often than not, once the 10 minute mark comes, you are well into your workout and most people will continue on. At the very least, if you still aren’t feeling it, stop but you will have moved your body a little and that’s better than nothing at all.
Bonus tip: Did you know that you’re 42% MORE likely to reach your goals when you for write them down?
Tip #3: Did you know that ACCOUNTABILITY is the #1 weight loss success factor? Finding support and accountability will make you three times more likely to achieve your goals. Keeping your goals ’TOMA’ or ’top of mind awareness’ will help you stay the course.
If you’ve ‘lost motivation’ and don’t know where to find it, I can help! Check out how our 30-minute boot camp training will get you moving and Finally getting results.