Motivation Please

Stephanie Joanne

 One day I will get back into it. One day I will start my diet again. This is my last cheat meal for a while. I can do this. Sound familiar? These are all examples of the kind of “positive” self-talk I know my clients engage in on a daily basis. How do I know this?Simple, because they tell me. I know your intentions are all in the right places but when times comes, it doesn’t quite happen just as planned. Something just always happens to come up to sabotage your efforts whether you are talking about training, diet or both.

 So lets call a spade a spade. Stop trying to convince yourself that one day it will all work out as planned when the things around you so called change. Instead, you must first do the work outside of the gym and kitchen to really get in tune with your good old motivation.

Here are 6 simple ways to help you make today your day:

GOALS– Write them down. No doubt you have heard this many times but the question is have you actually done it. It amazes me how many of my clients know they should do this, yet feel they can skip this part of the equation. Please don’t move past this step without having something SMART written down (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).

ATTITUDE– A winning attitude is a must. When is the last time you were happy with your fitness efforts? Get back into that frame of mind. Repeatedly telling yourself how unhappy you are in your current shape will manifest negativity in you. Create positive self-talk. If you catch yourself in a moment and you don’t feel good about yourself or your body you must “flip the switch”. The way you feel at any given moment is a choice. Choose to feel powerful, strong and determined. Its work at first but you must do whatever it takes to have the right attitude. Soon, before you know it “flipping the switch” will happen quite easily. Don’t miss a killer workout because of a bad attitude. Literally tell yourself to dismiss thoughts that are not empowering and keep your eye on the prize!

ENVISION– Literally vision the satisfaction you can get out of committing to something. Something big like a longer-term fitness regimen or food management plan or something shorter like sticking to todays spin class. It feels so good when you set out to do something and you follow through. Allow this increased self-respect to drive your motivation. After all, you are doing this for you! Don’t let yourself down.

ENROL– No, this doesn’t mean sign up for something. To me this means letting the people around you know (enrolling them) what you are doing and how important it is to you. Relationships affect our lives a great deal on a daily basis so it is important that you have support. It may take time for everyone to buy into how serious you are taking this. Thank them ahead of time for their support and get them on board. The simple exercise of telling someone else about your goals will motivate you to follow through.

SCHEDULE– Write down everything you plan to do in terms of fitness and perhaps even meals ahead of time. As the days go by use this calendar to reflect. Did you complete every workout and not cheat on your diet. Make these notes on your calendar. Having this on paper infront of you can serve as a tool to keep you on track. Note down your feelings as well. Was it difficult or easy, this way you will be able to look back and reflect on your hard work. It will be so very rewarding when you look back and are able to mark day after day of success!

ENJOY THE JOURNEY– Its not about where you get but about how you get there. Certainly you have heard this before… stop and take a moment and really take this in. To wrap your head around this another way, when you finally reach your goal (which by the way you will still not be happy with because you will have new goals) how will you feel? Good, right? Yes, you will feel good because you did it. The feeling of accomplishment will be overwhelming. What did you accomplish? The Journey! It all comes to the journey. Embrace the bumps in the road. Allow yourself to have off days, allow yourself the odd feeling of wanting to give up, as this too is part of the journey. Leave it as just that, chuckle at it, and move on. We all experience it!

There you have it. Time to dig deep and lay the groundwork on how you are going to be motivated to see your goal through. Start only when you have your goal and your goal is clear. Don’t take yourself too seriously or compare yourself to anyone else. However, do this prep work ahead of time and you will be looking back and saying…. I DID IT! Good Luck.

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