Motivation is a 10 letter word that is worth a million dollars! No goal can be achieved without maintaining motivation and staying on track.
The motivation to take care of yourself quickly falls by the wayside when a child needs something, work is pulls you in several directions, or let’s face it, you’re just too tired to put forth the effort. I stress the importance of motivation and just showing up to all my clients. Some days you may feel like you are only able to do 20 minutes on the treadmill when you normally do 50, but every minute counts and showing up helps you maintain the motivation and consistency. An integral part of staying motivated, is to find a source of inspiration that speaks to YOU and to remain positive! Maintaining motivation is tough for most of the world, so I have laid out a few tips to help you find your motivation.
To maintain motivation, encourage yourself like you would encourage your best friend, child, or co-worker. Far too many times, we are inclined to think negatively about ourselves and the areas where we need improvement. We would never sit silently by if a friend or child was constantly putting themselves down, so why treat yourself this way? Men and women alike, would benefit from changing their inner dialogue to positive thoughts, especially in regard to health and fitness. Instead of telling yourself you need to workout because you are “fat,” “out of shape, ” or have “let myself go,” say one of the following affirmations: “I am working on being healthier.” “I am investing in myself and my health.” “I am working on being the best version of me.”
To maintain motivation, surround yourself with support. A supportive environment will serve as a safety net when you are struggling to maintain your motivation or need a pep talk. Reach out to people who live a healthy lifestyle and ask for tips, advice, and use them to hold yourself accountable. Accountability partners can motivate you in a number or ways; they can remind you of why you’re on this journey, encourage you to make it to the gym, and be your biggest cheerleader when you have successes.
To maintain motivation, find resources that speak to you! There is not a single motivator that works for everyone; like eating plans and workout regimens, try as many as you need to try until you find the right fit. The internet provides infinite resources that are available 24/7. As you are surfing the web, note your reaction to fitness pages, health blogs, or transformation photos and add the most inspiring to your “favorites” for continued motivation.
There is no universal answer for maintaining motivation. All of my real warriors, are motivated by different things. I have some that are motivated by health issues, some are motivated by wanting the ideal body, and some are motivated by wanting a better quality of life. One thing they all have in common is that they have found the key to keep motivated and work consistently and persistently on themselves.