Many of my new clients come to me as they want to achieve fitness goals. Now many lack the motivation to do this themselves and that is ok, however many actually do have some motivation and are excited in the beginning but very soon they are struggling with how to stay motivated.
How to stay motivated?
I think we can all relate to this in some form, take New Year resolutions they are so are exciting in the beginning. However, as time goes by and the initial excitement wanes, the toll of maintaining the effort starts to wear on most people. Can you relate to this?
You have lost the excitement and your resolution becomes nothing more than a daily grind and you find yourself asking the question over and over in your mind ‘how to stay motivated?’
So why does this happen, and how can you rectify this so it doesn’t become a vicious circle in your life?
Well first the main reason it happens lies in the fact that achieving anything of any value requires work, commitment, persistence, perseverance and patience. It’s not easy to keep doing what you have to do to get to where you want to be.
Losing motivation is one of the main reasons you and others quit. But what you need to understand is how to stay motivated. Motivating yourself is not a one-time thing. The famous motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
This is so important and you must never lose sight of this EVER. You must constantly motivate yourself every day or every few days to keep up the excitement and vision of your goal. If not, you will lose interest and the entire process will become torture. I recommend taking each day at a time and breaking it down even further. Stop thinking about the final results you want to achieve that may be months away, start to think about smaller goals and give yourself a pat on the back every time you achieve them.
For example, you will know that sticking to any diet is the toughest part of any body transformation goal but plays a massive part in obtaining a successful transformation. So instead of thinking about getting through the diet for the week. Focus on each day and getting to each meal successfully without cheating. These are smaller more achievable goals but will eventually lead to the final goal you want. This is how I stay motivated when I am preparing to compete at a show, my diet is typically 16 weeks but if I thought about how long that really is, I would give up quickly so instead I focus every day on getting successfully to my next meal with no deviations on my diet. It works!
Another way to motivate yourself as far as fitness is concerned is, if you cannot afford to or do not want to hire a personal trainer, have a workout buddy. Both of you will be accountable to each other. If you are down or not ‘feeling it’, your workout buddy becomes the motivator to get you off your butt into the gym and of course, vice versa. That’s one way to do it.
Now what if you don’t have a friend who can workout with you?
Then you need to motivate yourself but this doesn’t mean you have to continue the journey alone. Welcome to Social Media.
If you are not already, sign up for Facebook and Instagram and ‘like’ as many fitness pages, as you can and also the pages of fitness users and celebrities.
The tips and motivation from their posts will not only help you to motivate yourself but will also educate you in fitness and health and best of all its all FREE!
Another way to motivate yourself, which is also another method I use, is using my IPhone or what ever phone you have. I screen shot and save pictures of bodies I admire, not because I want to look like them as we are all unique but to keep me motivated to get my body into the best shape possible. I have even used some pictures as my screen saver! Give it a go, this constant visual reminder is and will be beneficial to you daily.
Now I am not saying that all the things I have mentioned will suddenly make things become super easy, and of course you will still need to dig deep within you, but, remember the reason you started on your body transformation journey. There is always a reason, it is unique to you and you should always remember it.
There are 25 quotes below to help motivate you. Some you may have read before but it doesn’t matter.
Print out or write out one or two that really resonate with you. Read them before every workout. Read them every time you don’t feel like training. Read them whenever you feel tempted to eat something you shouldn’t. These quotes will help you in the long run.
- Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Suck it up… and one day you won’t have to suck it in.
- When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
- Sacrifice is giving up on something good for something better.
- Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
- Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.
- If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.
- Sweat is fat crying.
- What you eat in private eventually is what you wear in public.
- If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.
- If you eat what you have always eaten, you’ll weigh what you have always weighed.
- If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
- Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.
- In life you have 3 choices. Give up, give in or give it your all.
- Excuses burn zero calories.
- If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
- Pain is temporary. Quitting is forever.
- You don’t have to be great to start… But you have to start to be great.
- Nothing will work unless you do.
- Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start.
- Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give. The last you earn. Give it. Earn it.
- Life never gets easier. You just get stronger.
- No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned.
- The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.
Ultimately, only you can keep the fire within you burning. Don’t give up on yourself. You are all you have got as far as transforming yourself is concerned. The training and discipline may be bitter but the rewards are sweeter than any soda or cake you can ever have. Stay strong. Stay focused. Stay consistent