Zig Ziglar said it best when asked about motivation: “people often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily”.
We all get stuck in ruts. It happens to the most successful people in the world. There are quite a few things you can do to help keep you motivated when you feel like giving up. If you allow natural instinct to take over, you’ll never get anything done. Here are some tried and tested methods:
1) One Goal: We often get bombarded with so much information that we become overwhelmed. Trying to juggle 20 different things will cause you to drop them all. Instead, choose the one thing that means the most to you and focus on only that thing until it becomes a habit. If your goal is to lose weight, start by ONLY focusing on exercising 5 times per week for a month.
2) Write it Down: There is strong evidence that suggests writing things down will help you achieve your goal. Keep it to only a few words long and post it somewhere where you can see it all the time.
3) Make it Public: Is there anything worse than failing in public?! As humans, we do everything we can to avoid being embarrassed in public. So announcing your goals in public will motivate you to reach them. Remember, everyone is counting on you!
4) Get Support: It is hard to accomplish things alone. Having a support group is invaluable to your success. Make sure you choose people who will make you better, not drag you down. This is why having a fitness coach is such an asset.
5) Habit: The most successful people at bootcamp are the ones who come on the same days and same times every week. It’s so ingrained in their routine to exercise at that time, that it would just feel weird to miss it. Not having a set schedule, and ‘hoping’ to workout a few days per week usually doesn’t end well.
6) Benefits not Difficulties: Why are you doing this in the first place? Of course it’s going to be tough. Anything of value is difficult to obtain. Getting fit has SO many benefits. Focus on all of the great things it can do for you, not the difficulty of the journey.