The Magic of Staying Motivated
No one is a magical being with an infinite well of motivation. Those people don’t exist. I’m actually sure Superman even has days where he says to himself: Do I really have to go save the world?
But at the end of the day, if he had an Instagram account, he wouldn’t be posting about that doubt. The reality is that seeing all the people doing all the things can often make you feel like there is something wrong with you if you don’t feel like heading to the gym today or you don’t want to meal prep on Sunday. But the reality is that there is not one thing wrong with you. What you have to focus on is what you do next … what will you do if you don’t feel like doing something that you had committed to? If you throw all your goals out the window because that “motivation” you expected isn’t there at that moment, then maybe you didn’t really care about that goal. If you take one thing from this blog post, let it be this:
MOTIVATION GETS YOU STARTED, HABIT KEEPS YOU GOING.
Let’s break it down and give you concrete tips and tricks to keep up with the change you are trying to implement in your life.
First ask yourself 4 seemingly simple questions:
1. What prompted you to decide to make a change in your life?
2. Make sure you really want to do what you had set out to do?
3. Is the plan you had put in place actually relevant and adapted to your life and your situation?
4. Have you created an environment that lends itself to your change?
For this blog post, let’s look at the first question deeper as therein lies the secret. The magic.
What prompted you to decide to make a change in your life? Did you notice that your health and fitness wasn’t sufficient to accomplishing your dreams? Did you have health scare? Are you noticing you can’t keep up with your spouse or your children? Are you simply tired of feeling tired? Did you watch a documentary that inspired you? Are your friends getting in shape and you want to join in? Are you feeling unhappy in your skin?
The reasons that could push you to decide to make a change can be endless. They are extremely personal so you must answer it for yourself. BUT I can guarantee that by answering that question for yourself you can find the source of the motivation. The starting point. Whatever that is, I recommend writing it down. It’s usually a moment in time. Something you are likely to forget. So, for example: if it was a moment where you noticed yourself not able to keep up with your children, once you start feeling better you’ll forget that moment. You worked hard and you are now more able to keep up. Then you slowly forget and the motivation leaves and suddenly you return to your old habit.
Then you wonder… where did my motivation go!? What motivated you to start is no longer a problem! But it will often be a problem again if you don’t remember why you did it. So, here’s the thing: ANSWER THAT QUESTION and WRITE IT DOWN!
Hopefully this helps a bit and you can find a way to tie yourself to that initial motivation to build your habits around it.