“I’m just not motivated enough!”
“I don’t have the same motivation as she does, so of course it’s easy for her.”
“How do I get more motivation?!"
“If only I was more motivated, then I would be able to stop/do ___________”.
Any of these thoughts ever crossed your mind? Have you ever felt frustrated and stuck in one place because you believe you don’t have the motivation to make the necessary changes? What if I told you that we ALL have motivation? We’re all motivated by something.
Have you ever considered that you’re motivated…but perhaps it’s a motivation that right now counters your goals. However, you can use that motivation to help your goals. The key lies in our motivation. Figuring out what compels us towards our actions, then driving it to a positive place instead.
When you make a decision that doesn’t align with your goals, have you ever asked yourself why? Not just in the rhetorical sense…but really considering why that decision seemed right to you at that time. What was the driving force behind that decision?
- You never feel like you get to see your friends, so when they call you out for a happy hour drink…you’re there instead of your planned run.
- You end up on the couch with a box of cookies at the end of a stressful work day because you just can’t imagine hitting the gym for that weights session.
- You sleep in and skip that morning workout so your kids don’t have to wake up without you there on the weekend morning.
- You don’t make time for the lunch-break spin class because you have some big things to accomplish at work that you just can’t miss.
Lack of motivation? Or perhaps extreme motivation…
- for social enjoyment
- for stress reduction
- for family
- for accomplishments
Motivation certainly holds a lot of power. We can use those things that we sometimes consider our excuses, to actually become inspirations to our fitness goals. Find workouts that fit what motivates you – a social workout atmosphere in a group class, a yoga class or power walk to clear thoughts for stress reduction, an active outing for some fit family time, a workout goal with set and visible achievements along the way.
Not only can we harness what motivates us in a way to fit our goals, but we can also use it to plan ahead and determine what often sidetracks our best intentions. We can set up a game plan for things that often combat our planned workouts or avoidance of the tempting drinks out with the girls that always leads to 3 or 4 drinks…plus dinner…plus dessert…2 times a week.
We all have motivation. Figure out what drives you…then drive it towards your dreams. You have the knowledge of yourself to have the power to make that shift in the right direction. It just takes some careful thought and then some careful planning, but it will help you succeed.
Your Turn – What scenarios or things often deter your best healthy intentions? What do you think is the driving motivation behind them and how can you use it in a positive way?