Motivation …

April 19th, 2007 by

How do you stay motivated? What does it mean to be motivated?

Stop and think about it. What motivates you? Why are you doing
this? The tightly controlled eating, the ‘saying no’ to those
off plan meals, the tough workouts (anyone want any more
Bulgarian Squats?), the always challenging interval workouts?

Obviously you’re doing this for a reason right? That reason being
that you want to get in better shape, look better, feel better,
and so on.

That goal certainly doesn’t change I’m sure so why does motivation
sometimes start to dwindle? Is it lack of progress? In some cases
sure. But stop and look back to when you started on this endeavor.
I’m sure you look and feel quite different. Chances are you’re
also stronger. So, it can’t really be a lack of progress can it?

To be honest, motivation is really a pretty simple thing to
maintain. All you have to do is hold onto WHY you’re doing what
you’re doing. And when I says ‘hold onto’ I mean keep it at the
front of your thinking. It should be driving you. Remind yourself.
Constantly. The more often, the better.

I recently read a neat quote on motivation that said, “your level
of motivation is basically the habit of positivity and that habit,
like all others is created by repetition, in this case, repetition
of thought.”

So, you have to think about what you’re trying to achieve. You have
to think about what you used to look like, what you look like, what
you want to look like, and how you’ll feel when you achieve the
look you’re after.

And as that quote says, do it often.