I get asked very frequently what it is that keeps me motivated. Truth is, it changes. As it should for each and everyone of you.
Something I know to be true is that many times when talking to someone and you ask what his or her goal may be the will say it without thinking twice. We tend to know the WHAT, the WHEN, and sometimes even the HOW, but we tend to forget the WHY.
The WHY is probably the most important part of goal setting. Knowing what we want and by when is the easy part. Knowing how can be challenging, but the why is always the hardest question to ask.
Think about your goal, WHY do you want to do it? To look better, okay cool in who’s eyes? Yours? Your spouses? You relatives? Your friends? Society?
Why do you want to lose weight/gain muscle? Is it a vanity thing? Is it for your children? Your own health? What is it that drives you? This is HUGE. And can become a very personal answer, a very emotional and sensitive topic. And I get it, I do, I truly understand how wanting to feel* good is completely different than just wanting to lose an x amount of weight. Because at that point the numbers do not matter, the only thing that will matter is how YOU feel* about YOU. Because to anyone else you might look great, and you have kicked ass and worked so hard, but if YOU do not feel* that way then you will continue to fight for that goal.
So, I will tell you all what I tell each and every one of my clients. Think about what you want out of health and fitness, whether it is a number of inches, a body fat %, a number of pounds in a specific exercise, or repetitions, ANYTHING. Think about it, and write it down. Write down your goals from your biggest goal to the smallest one. One that will take a very long time to reach and one that can be done in a week, a month, etc.
Now after you have written them down, write yourself a note. A note to tell yourself WHY you are doing this. Or maybe another list of reasons why, either way tell yourself WHY you want to do it. Every reason, write it down.
Every time you get discouraged, you don’t have the energy, you get off the wagon, you lose motivation, go find that list and that note. Read it aloud, over and over again as many time as you need to, to remind yourself why you started to do this. A health and fitness journey is not always an easy one. Breaking old habits is definitely a challenge we all face, sometimes we do not have the support from others we would like to have. So we get discouraged, we lose sight of the big goal or we simply lose motivation. And guess what? IT IS OK. We are humans, we are not perfect, and it happens! Just read that note and remind yourself why you started this journey to begin with.
I personally keep a workout journal. I write down the list on the very first page of it, and it is followed by a note to myself. Yes, I am that “cheesy”. But it works! Every time I hurt myself, I tell myself it is ok, to listen to my body and let my body heal. Every time I don’t feel like hitting the gym, or I have not been seeing the results I want to see I read it. I read it and smile because it reminds me why I do what I do.
Every month, I write down new small goals. Goals that I know can be attained that month, to motivate me to reach my big goal. So, I challenge you all to do this! Try it a couple of times and let me know what you think! You can do this for ANYTHING in life, not just health and fitness. I do this for school, and work as well as simple goals for myself.
Hope this helps you all just a tad to keep your eyes on the price and never look back!
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