How many times have you lost your motivation? What helps you to keep your motivation on a certain level? I’m sure everyone has his own ways, and I guess what works for one person may not necessarily work for someone else. However one thing is common: whatever you do, it has to be IMPORTANT to you.
Every time I start loosing my motivation, there’s those words which sound like church bells in my head:
If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way,
If not, you’ll find an excuse.
Another one which also puts me back on track is this one:
When you feel like quitting, remember why you started!
It would really be a great pity to put all your previous effort to waste… Remember why you started and don’t stop! Because every training, every action towards reaching your goal, even the smallest one, brings you closer to achieving your goals. Every little step brings you closer to your aim than you were yesterday.
And here we are: GOALS!
Guys, I find this the most important of all. If you don’t clearly specify and name your goals, everything you do is rather meaningless. I love the comparison to driving a car. When you want to go somewhere, you need to know WHERE you want to go, right? So you need to specify your destination point. Otherwise you’ll just go in circles without any particular reason. So, first of all, you should sit, take a pen and a notebook and WRITE IT DOWN – what is it that you want to achieve by doing this or that. Be it your fitness life or business, or something else. State it clearly, name it and write it down. It’s actually very important to put this on paper because it gets a more important meaning, it stops being only your wish and becomes your aim, your goal, your destination.
Next thing you should do is decide WHEN you want to get to that point. Think about a particular date and also write it down. And now you know where you want to go and when you want to reach your destination. You are setting up a navigation map in your journey.
And the last part left is the “HOW”. And that’s when all the detailed planning comes in place. This is when you should sit and think about as many steps as you can, steps which will help you get closer to your destination.
Once you have that navigation map, you should not get lost. I strongly suggest keeping a record of your progress so that it keeps you on track and you would be able to go back and see how far you’ve come (cause we often forget about the beginnings and get discouraged thinking that we’re not doing any progress, which of course very often isn’t true…).
So what helps me to keep motivated:
- clearly specified goal, set in time (right now it is my summer holidays in June, I want to be in better shape than last year, I also have it specified in details how I want my body to look like 🙂 , when I come back I will set another goal for sure)
- visualising yourself as if you were already there (create a picture in your head – a picture of you reaching your goal, and think about it as if it’s already happened!)
- keeping a diary, a record of progress (I do it here on my blog now, but I used to write everything down in a notebook, together with all my meals and how heavy weights I was lifting – this way I can easily see if I’m making any progress and I can adjust it if there’s such need)
- staying within a similar environment (for me these are Facebook fitness and photographic groups, and also meeting friends who have similar interests in common)
- planning your day (it’s especially important in my case cause I have so many things that very often I have to choose which one is more important at that time), planning and preparing your meals for the next day
- my husband 🙂 (yes, he is very fit and it’s enough for me to just look at him and my motivation goes UP rapidly! )
- this blog and my Instagram profile (because it’s focused on keeping fit, and on photography, I feel motivated to publish new content especially when I see that there’s people waiting for new posts there, I can’t let those people down now, you know…)
- your own health and the way you feel about yourself (I find that when I eat healthy I feel much lighter and I have more energy, also when I look at myself in the mirror and see effects, I’m really proud of myself that at my age I can look better than when I was 18, and that I can be stronger and more flexible, which is also very beneficial for the future).
These are the things that keep me going. Perhaps you have some other ideas? Perhaps something else works for you? I’d love to hear it from you so feel free to leave a comment below 🙂