Being motivated is a key part of being successful as an entrepreneur, and weight loss, it’s a subject that’s always fascinated me. Motivation comes from vision, goal setting, and celebrating small successes, but there’s more to it – there’s actually a science behind motivation
Sometimes not having enough motivation can be the biggest obstacle between you and working out. Everyone knows that regular physical activity is better than no physical activity…there are so many benefits to exercising on a regular basis and I am sure everyone can name at least 3, right? Yet for some reason, there are still so many people who live sedentary lives – one of the things standing in their way is a lack of motivation.
In truth, it’s all in your head. When you need to do a task, how you think about it has a lot to do with how you complete it – or whether you do it at all. Psychologists have identified three primary sources of resistance to getting things done. Once you can identify these factors in your own thought processes, you can change how you think in order to get yourself motivated.
Resistance: “I have to.” Very few things create resistance as effectively as being forced to do something. Sometimes, you may not even want to do things you usually enjoy, just because you feel you have to! This particular type of resistance keeps many people from taking an entrepreneurial step in their lives, as they don’t want their formerly fun activities to become ‘have to’ tasks.
Solution: “I choose to.” To combat this effect, change how you think. Realize that nothing in life is actually a ‘have to.’ You don’t have to get up, and you don’t have to go to work – you choose to because you enjoy the benefits those actions create. When you focus on the benefits of your actions, resistance melts away.
Resistance: “I don’t feel right about this.” When you’re approaching a task that’s opposed to your values or beliefs, you’ll likely find that you don’t have a lot of motivation to get it done. As an example, suppose you’re asked to work overtime when you value your family life over your career advancement. In this situation, you’re not likely to have a good attitude since the task conflicts with your beliefs.
Solution: Realign your tasks. There are two ways to better align a task with your values. The first is to change the task. Following the example above, you could see if you could trade extra hours this week with time off next week, so that you’re not actually losing time with your family. Another option is to add value to the task you’re doing. In this instance, you could think about how your extra overtime will allow you to get away with your family this summer on a nice vacation.
Resistance: “I can’t do this.” When you feel unequal to a task, it can be very difficult to get started. The feeling that you’ll certainly fail, or that you don’t know how to begin, will make any distraction seem infinitely more interesting than the task itself.
Solution: Realize that effort creates excellence. Everyone knows the saying “practice makes perfect,” but they rarely apply it to themselves. When you put effort into a task, you’ll get better at doing it. If you need help, ask for it, but don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you. Next time, you won’t have so much resistance to doing that particular task.
It can be difficult to find motivation –and everyone’s motivation is going to be slightly different. Finding one thing that will keep you motivated to exercise regularly and eat well for the rest of your life is not very likely – your motivation will likely change over time, and that’s okay!
The key is to find your underlying motivation -something specific to you and your life! Your motivation is your why for being healthy, and once you have your why, you can get through the how!
It can be anything- for example, if you have grown children maybe your motivation for keeping yourself healthy is that you want to be around to see and play with your grand kids. Or maybe it’s that summer is right around the corner, and you want to be able to wear shorts with pride and not be self-conscious about your body:
Take a minute and try and think of something specific to you that will drive your desire to live a healthy and active life. Write it down now!.
So now you have found your why. How do you set yourself up so that you absolutely-positively will follow through with your workouts? Here are some tips to help!
Find Something YOU Like to Do
As obnoxious as it may sound fitness is fun for me! And I am not just saying that – I swear! I genuinely like exercising and being active. Sure there are some days where we may not be as into it, but for the most part it’s enjoyable. Most people don’t enjoy workout out, they do it because they “have” to. A great way to stay motivated is to make fitness fun! And to do that you need to start by find something that you enjoy doing. There are so many great ways to be active and stay fit so you should have no problem finding one, or many that you actually like doing. It can be anything from rock climbing, to dancing, to yoga, to kickboxing. Once you find something you like, it will be that much easier to follow through and stick with it.
Surround Yourself with Fitness Oriented People
This tip can be really helpful when it comes to staying motivated to exercise and ensuring long term success. I believe that having people around you who value living a healthy and active lifestyle is important. If the people around you are motivated it will make it that much easier for you to stay motivated. If you surround yourself with people who like to sit around all day and eat chips, it might be harder for you to get off the couch and go workout. Conflicts may also arise. Believe it or not some people find it hard to understand why others put exercise and eating well so high on their list of priorities. And because they don’t understand, they will not be helpful in motivating you to continue on with it.
Set Mini Fitness Goal
Goal setting is a great way to keep you motivated. The great thing about goals is that you get to set them for yourself! Your goal may be able to do 20 perfect push-ups in a row, or it may be to complete a half marathon in 2 hours. Giving yourself a specific goal will help you stay motivated because the more workouts you slack on or skip – the longer it will take you to achieve that goal. Just remember to make your goal specific, realistic and to develop a plan of action for attaining it!
Who said being vain is a bad thing? If being vain will get your ass moving we say have at’er!! Bikini season is quickly approaching so if your motivation to exercise is that you want to look smoking hot in that new bikini – then great! I say, if you look good, you feel good and there isn’t nothing wrong with that! Another great trick is to take pictures of yourself. If you see your progress and how your body looks when you are active and healthy vs. when you are not -you will most likely want to continue down that path.
Think Long Term
Keep long term benefits and goals in mind. How will doing this workout today benefit you tomorrow, or a month from now? How about a year from now? Ten years from now? Regular exercise and a healthy diet have so many long term benefits! Being healthy now helps ensure you have a better quality life as you age and hopefully a longer life. Think about how what you do today will help you down the road and hopefully that will serve as a good motivator for you!
Give yourself a 5 Minute Rule
If all else fails, and you are still not feeling motivated to work out – give yourself a 5 minute rule. Tell yourself that you will work out for a minimum of 5 minutes, after all 5 minutes is way less daunting than 1 hour! If after those 5 minutes you are just not feeling it – then maybe it’s just not your day, and that’s okay it happens (as long as it doesn’t happen every day!). But chances are, after that first 5 minutes, you will be through the warm up , energized and ready to go!
Author: Monica Perry
I’m a metabolic magician, nutrition nerd, exercise expert, and motivation master. I help women get fit quickly with the most food and least exercise.
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