Motivation…What is it? Where do I get it? Why do I keep losing it? How do I keep it alive? Want to know the answer to some or all of those questions? Read on! I often receive these types of questions so I thought I’d take the time to give my take on it. I am no different than anyone else, and sometimes motivation leaves me, but with the right thoughts you can get it back.
What is Motivation:
Motivation can be defined as two things:
The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way -OR- The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Where do I find it?
It has to come from within you. You cannot open a book and find motivation. You can however, open a book and read something that motivates you to do something but that may not be the ever lasting kind of motivation. Motivation comes from setting goals and going out to get them.
Why Am I losing it?
You are losing your motivation because you are mostly likely losing sight of your goals. Be sure that your goals are tangible and that they are still relevant to your aspiration. It’s important to reevaluate your goals along the journey because as you change your goals may change as well. Make sure that your goals are bigger than something superficial. You want a goal that is long lasting, for example my goal is to be in the best possible health.
How do I get it back?
Think back to why you started? You should still have that same fire within you. If you have lost motivation because you’ve reached your ultimate goal then it’s time to find new goals. Maybe they won’t be weight loss related but you can still have health related goals. Running a half marathon, for example. Revisit your goals often, think of the big picture and make sure your goals are tangible.
5 tips for staying motivated
1. Keep It Fun. Workouts should be fun, think about it has a date with yourself. It’s an hour that you get to spend on yourself, by yourself, to better yourself, there’s nothing better than that!
2. Make Fitness a Priority. You’re worth it!
3. Take Monthly Progress Pictures. Often our brain plays tricks us and tries to make us believe that we are not progressing. But I guarantee that if you compare photos you’ll see tons of progress! Progress is not always physical or scale related either, remember that!
4. Clothes do matter. Have some clothing that you wear only to workout, that will signal to your brain that it’s time to get into that frame of mind.
5. Love Yourself, always, no matter what your size. You should be working hard because you love yourself not because you hate yourself. Practice self-love, daily!
PS. It’s getting a little hard to think of new Motivational Subjects every week, so I would REALLY appreciate it if you could leave a comment below with a few subject ideas that I could pick from!
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Keep your head held high, you’re beautiful and you can do this!