Repeat after me. Why not you?
Are you struggling with self motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? How about maintaining consistency on eating well and maintaining a proper balanced diet? Let's talk motivation.
Motivation is everything when your income and family depends on it.
How to Become Self-Motivated
One of my great joys as a personal trainer and coach is watching clients become more and more self-motivated. And there's a pattern I have observed in my successful clients: Motivation grows as you begin to realize that you don't go from failure to failure, but you go from failure to success to failure to success - and if you keep at it - to a gradually increasing amount of success. On life's journey, a battle you fight within - sometimes daily - is discouragement, one of the great enemies of motivation. Sometimes you just feel like giving up.
"Dis-couragement" - being separated from courage - is what happens if you focus on your failures.
We tend to become what we focus on. So why not focus on your successes, even the tiny ones? Rejoice in these tiny triumphs, let go of your failures and you will light up your day. Now, there are only about 100 million ideas about motivation and goals and all things in between floating around out there. But today we're going to look at just 4 Self-Motivating Mind Tricks that you need to lock onto your goals.
Are you genuinely motivated?
Motivation will tell you to get out of bed for an early workout.
Motivation will nag you to put down the doughnut.
Motivation makes saying "no" to fries a reflex.
Motivation makes a sweat drenched workout exciting.
Motivation constantly reminds you WHY you do what you do.
4 Simple Self-Motivating strategies
These work because they are so simple. They've worked for me, they work for my clients and they'll work for you - if you couple motivation with determination.
1: Give Yourself direction
That is, pinpoint your inner motivator. Motivation stems from having a goal. What is your goal? Why do you want to get into great shape?
Once you uncover your personal motivator you'll find that motivation flows quickly your way.
Take a minute to really uncover the reason that you want to lose the weight, get fit, or replace a bad habit. Don't say something vague like you want to 'Be thinner' or 'Look more attractive'. Dig deeper - there is a very specific motivator in your life, you simply need to uncover it.
Here are some example "why?" inner motivators…
I want to have more energy to keep up with the kids.
I want to improve my health through weight loss to extend and improve my life.
I want to lose 15 pounds before my vacation.
I want to restore my confidence to wear sleeveless shirts.
I want to regain my figure to impress and attract my significant other.
2: Write it Down and Make It Official
When you write something down it suddenly feels official, doesn't it? So write down your motivator for getting into great shape, and post it where you will see it often - next to your alarm clock, on the bathroom mirror, or in your car. Or all over the place for that matter.
Remember, though - a goal without a deadline is just a vision. Visions are great - up front - but do put a completion date on them.
Each time you see your written motivator take a moment to visualize yourself accomplishing your goal. Try to make the scene as clear in your mind as possible. This is a powerful tool for maintaining your focus and direction.
Take the time to regularly visualize yourself accomplishing your fitness goal. Spend 5 minutes with your eyes closed, envisioning how it will feel. Your brain can't tell the difference between a well-imagined thought and an actual experience, so this process will have your brain thinking that you already accomplished your goal!
3: Be Practical
It's game plan time. You know what you want, and now you need to map out exactly how you'll achieve it. It is important to be practical in your planning, rather than throwing out ideas that you know you won't stick with.
For example, with any weight loss goal it is important to:
1) Maintain a healthy low-calorie diet and 2) Participate in a consistent and challenging exercise program.
Being practical looks like planning a routine that fits into your schedule, then you'll be more likely to stick with it. Also choose an exercise program that you enjoy - don't force yourself to jog everyday if you hate jogging.
4: Call For Backup
We all need allies. Enlist the support of your friends, family and co-workers. Tell everyone about your goals and you'll be surprised how supportive most people will be. By being open about your goals you'll likely be an encouragement to others to make changes in their own lives.
Another way to ensure you meet your goals is to hire a FHENS Accountability Coach or one of our recommended relevant experts like a FHENS Personal trainer. An ally like this will help you identify what really motivates you, help you design a routine and action plan that fits into your schedule and into your life, and help you see it through until your goal is met.