I want to elaborate on my last post regarding motivation.
Motivation is subject to change. There is no one single thing that serves as motivation and everyone’s motivational trigger is different. What motivates me is probably not the same thing that motivates you. There’s no point in going into detail about what types of motivation exist, whether it be for everyday life or specifically fitness, but what I can tell you is that regardless of context, the hardest part about motivation is maintaining it.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying about how usually the moment people give up is the moment where something great is about to happen? Well there’s a lot of truth to that. Motivation is what drives you to succeed, so when you give up, it’s because you no longer have the motivation to continue and, therefore, you lose the opportunity to achieve. You can’t achieve anything if you’re not trying anymore, right?
So how do you stay motivated? I hate to break it to you, but there’s no magic pill, no crazy spell, no way that is set in stone, so to speak. The ability to stay motivated is, and will always be, different for everyone. What I can tell you is that there are certain things that you can to in an effort to maintain that drive, that passion, and stay motivated.
- Positive self talk. Seems pretty obvious, right? It’s a lot easier said than done. Sometimes it’s hard to do it, especially if you’re confronted with a stampede of setbacks or obstacles. But let me tell you this: it definitely helps. Tell yourself things that pertain to your goal: how far you’ve come, how many things you’ve accomplished along the way. Take a minute and REALLY hone in on how you’re feeling. Did you feel this way when you first started? Probably not. Remind yourself of that.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people. Duh! When you surround yourself with like-minded people, something miraculous seems to happen. You lift each other up! There’s no room for failure because you all have essentially the same goals in mind, or at least fairly close. There’s no one to talk you out of anything; only people to remind you of your “why” every once in a while.
- Rid yourself of negative minds and influences. We all know that ONE person, or several for that matter. You know, the ones who, every other word out of their mouth is negative. Or the ones who don’t know how to see the good in any situation. Pr even the ones who serve as negative influences or distractions. Yeah, those people. Stay away from them because they are only going to drag you down with them. Yes, this means you may have to weed out a few friends. Let me tell you this though, friends don’t discourage friends when things get rough. So surround yourself with, not only like-minded people, but positive influences.
- Set small, achievable goals. Long-term goals are great to have, don’t get me wrong. Goals, in my opinion, are somewhat like going through school. Graduating is your long-term goal, but before you can do that, you have to pass all your classes. Even passing classes can be considered long-term goals because you have to get homework done, pass your finals, do that project the teacher assigned. Without those short-term goals, the long-term goal is not achievable. Writing these goals down and then crossing them off when you achieve them serves a huge motivation, at least it always has for me (I’m a check-list type girl).
- Read or watch success stories. They don’t have to be pertaining to your goal, but success is success, regardless of context. Everyone has their own story to tell and there’s just something about the passion behind other success stories that helps serve as motivation. They can change your mindset by teaching you that setbacks are inevitable and that you, too, can learn from your own experiences. Some of my top motivational speakers are Eric Thomas, Marc Mero, and the late Greg Plitt (R.I.P.).
There is no one way to stay motivated and these are most definitely not the only ways to do so. The key is to remember that failure is only ever an option if you let it be one and that limits only exist if you let them.