If you are looking for motivation, I assume there are things you would like to do – perhaps long term goals, or things you know are good for you – that are difficult. Things that you just can’t find the time for, don’t know how to get started, or it’s just hard to get off the couch.
We all have those things. There are things we want to do, achieve, conquer that we just don’t get around to because it’s too hard. Excuses are always readily available. So this post is about motivation. Finding motivation is just one part, but there are ways to make it easier.
Pick a goal
Sounds obvious right? But so many people just wander about in vague-land. They want to be healthy and fit, but don’t really know what it means, or have no defined goal. They want to have more money, yet they are doing the same thing they have been doing for ten or twenty years. They want to be happier, yet they don’t spend enough time on becoming self-aware to know why is that happiness lacking, or what might help them achieve it. If you don’t know what you want, you almost certainly won’t get it. On the other hand, if you define exactly what you want, then it becomes easier to make it achievable. And once it becomes a tangible, achievable goal, then it is easier to be motivated about it.
Make things easier for yourself by eliminating extra complications
Fitness has been the bane of my existence for as long as I can remember. I told myself I hated exercise. I resented the time I had to spend on it. I went through a phase after my last gym membership expired when I decided to run instead of joining the gym. For three months, I thought about going for a run, but never actually did it. It was always too cold, too hot, too busy, too something. Finally, I decided to make things easier. My priority was to get and stay fit, and to enjoy the process. So I joined a gym that was closest to me, because for me, the more inconvenient the act of getting there, the harder it is to do it.
I focused on my prime objective – fitness! And I eliminated all other excuses. Don’t like workouts in all weather? Fine, join a gym. Don’t want to spend ages getting to the exercise venue? Fine, join the local gym. Voila! Problem solved, and so I can save all my will power and motivation for my prime objective – which is the actual workouts.
This applies to everything. Find your prime objective and make it happen. Yes, running is cheaper than joining the gym. But it’s of no use if I never do it. So I decided to spend less money on junk food, and use that for gym instead. You will find tons of excuses, and money is usually one of them, for why you can’t do something. If you want it bad enough, and if it matters to you, then you will make it happen. Yes, it may require sacrifices – almost all worthwhile things do – but that’s where strength of character comes in. You want it? You gotta work for it.
Keep reinforcing that motivation DAILY!
Do you brush your teeth every day? Do you take a shower every day? Do you eat every day? Why? Because yesterday’s hygiene and food intake was for yesterday, right? It doesn’t do anything for today. So what makes you think yesterday’s motivation, or last week or last month’s motivation will work for today?
You must keep reinforcing your motivation. Read this article for a quick reference. How do you go about doing that? Browse on Pinterest (this is one of the most effective tools I’ve found to get myself in mood for fitness), read useful articles on the web about your your goal, read success stories of others, join forces with people who are on the same journey, journal about it, talk about it. Options are endless. You don’t need to spend ages on any of it. Just 10 minutes a day will do. I recommend daily dose of motivation at least for the first three months of any habit you are trying to develop for long-term benefits. If you miss a day, don’t obsess. Just make sure you don’t miss two days in a row. It’s very very easy to forget why a thing is important to us despite its difficulties. You probably spend ages browsing the internet anyway, so make sure at least 10 minutes of it is spent on motivating yourself for a particular goal.
I don’t know who said this, but it’s a useful thing to remember, and that’s what it ultimately comes down to:
Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Pick a goal that you want to focus on. Just one thing. Record it in your journal. Make a commitment to yourself.