I hear people say all the time that they aren’t motivated to workout. Either there is no motivation or the motivation is gone or there just isn’t enough. The struggle is real.
Today I am going to try to help you out by giving you 5 ways to get your motivation up and keep it up. These tips could help you to get and stay on the path to a more fit life if you put them into action.
Let’s talk first about motivation and what it really is. We aren’t simple “motivated” or “not motivated”. It’s not a global feeling, so to speak. Motivation will change from day to day and from minute to minute. The goal is to not worry about whether we are motivated or not. The goal is to develop a habit that you can’t break.
It’s not easy but it can be done.
I used to travel around the country doing triathlons. I remember arriving at a location after a long drive or a plane ride. I would register and maybe pre-view the course. I would be so excited and motivated. I mean, truly, I would get FIRED UP.
I would go to be and the motivation and excitement was GONE. I’d get up in the morning feeling tired and blah. I would need to get my motivation “back”.
You see where I am going with this?
You don’t need to get motivated to go workout. If you need to be motivated to workout then everyday the process has to start all over again. The idea is to BE MOTIVATED.
You want to have motivation that never leaves you. This is the key.
Are you ready for my 5 ways to be motivated?
Way #1 to be motivated: Value your relationships and make the health connection. Let me explain. We all have people in our world that count on us. My wife and kids count on me. They count on me to make a living and pay the bills. They count on me for love and support. They need me for a long, long time. I need to be there for them. This motivates me to eat right and exercise. Who is your world do you want to be around for? That is your motivation. Be motivated by that when you “aren’t motivated” to work out.
Way #2 to be motivated: Set clear and concise expectations for who you are. I read belief cards every morning when I sit down at my desk. I am programming myself to be a certain time of person. Here are some of the belief cards that I read each day: I AM ELITE IN EVERYTHING – I AM A LEADER IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY – I AM DEBT FREE – I AM A MAN OF ACTION – I HAVE LASER BEAM FOCUS – I AM COMMITTED – I AM ORGANIZED AND EFFICIENT. There are others but you get the point. I am programing myself to be a certain type of person. you should do this as well. Define who you are and have VERY CLEAR standards and expectations for yourself. This will cause you to be motivated and not have to “get” motivated.
Way #3 to be motivated: Replace wasted time with empowerment time. I have been this a lot lately. I estimate that I spend 60-90 minutes each day driving in my car alone, walking the dog or doing chores like laundry and dishes. Do you know what I do with that time now instead of wasting it listening to music? i listen to podcasts on my phone. At the end of a week I spend 7-10 hours filling my mind up with learning and positive thoughts. This keeps my energy up. Guess what this means? I am motivated all the time.
Way #4 to be motivated: Look in the mirror and don’t be afraid to assess. Strip naked and look in the mirror. What do you see? Do you see a work in progress or do you see someone who is “unmotivated”. Here is what you do if you are unhappy with what you see in the mirror. DO SOMETHING. As soon as you get your clothes back on reach out to a friend and set up a time to go to the gym. Or maybe put on some workout clothes and go for a walk. Assess and react. I bet you, be disgusted with what you see but TAKE ACTION. Listen, this IS motivation. You say you aren;t motivated but staring at a disgusting human in the mirror means that you are. THAKE ACTION.
Way #5 to be motivated: Change your crowd. I was in the gym the other day talking with a group of our members when we heard a phone ring. People started looking around to see if it was their phone. One of the men shrugged his shoulders and said, “It’s not my phone. All my friends are standing around in this circle.” Who do you hang our with? Who do you follow? Does you circle lift you up and inspire you? Do they enable you and hold you back? This is tough one. Are you going out to drink or to another party with your friends or are you getting together with a group to go for a walk? You are the average of the people that you hag out with the most. Are your friends motivating you or are they the reason you “aren’t motivated”.
Was this list that you were expecting?
The fact of the matter is that you can listen to Rocky all day long or look at those jeans you want to fit in and you may get motivated for a little while. The truth is that to find long term success you need to learn to be motivated. This is a process that you need to repeat each and every day.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Zig Ziglar. It’s a good one. You are a champion. Rock on.