Ever feel like you’re struggling for motivation to get to the gym?
Or you started strong for a few weeks but now you’ve lost your motivation?
Motivation is having a reason to act in a certain way.
The motivation we start our fitness journey could be:
- wedding in a few months
- vacation coming up soon
- doctor recommended
- frustrated with how you look/feel
- inspired by another person and want similar results
Regardless of why you start, the key factor is that there is always a reason to get you going in the first place. The problem however is that the motivation you started with isn’t what keeps you going in the long run.
So, how do we stay motivated? How do we find new motivation when what we started with is lost? How do we get back on track?
By hacking motivation.
How do we hack motivation?
Success is how you stay motivated.
Let me explain.
In all the reasons why we start, there is some goal we are trying to achieve. There is some end point that we are moving towards.
This goal is the initial source of our motivation. However, it can also become the reason we get discouraged.
- we aren’t seeing results
- it’s taking longer than we thought
- it’s harder than we thought
We lose motivation because we aren’t seeing the success we want to see.
Hacking motivation is creating success where it seems we have none.
We don’t feel or see success because of the perspective we have. In most cases, we are purely looking at the end goal or some big picture change.
In relation to our end goal, it may look like nothing has changed or we’re failing.
What we’re not seeing are the small changes and little successes we’ve reached. Our perspective is on what we’re NOT achieving vs what we ARE achieving.
I want to lose 20 lbs. 3 months after starting I’ve only lost 3. This perspective is frustrating and incredibly demotivating!
By only looking at pounds lost, I lose motivation.
However, if I look at smaller wins or other factors, I might see success.
My success might look like:
- I’m more active and exercising regularly than I was before
- I’m eating healthier most of the time
- I’m actually feeling better and have more energy in the day
- I’m sleeping better
- My digestive issues have decreased
- I’m feeling stronger in my body
- I’m 3 lbs less than where I started!
By changing our perspective and finding the small wins, we can see the success we are having. By seeing the successes we feel more positive about what we are doing and stay motivated.
If you’re ever feeling demotivated on your health journey, change your perspective.
Find what you are achieving instead of only focus on what you haven’t achieved and you’ll be better able to continue pushing for your goal.
Find the success.
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