Welcome to GiGLife! Let’s talk about motivation, to be more specific, Fitness motivation! This one goes out for all my potato chip loving, just 5 more minutes lying, maybe tomorrow wondering back peddlers…. Put those tears away, don’t worry I’ve got your back. To be completely honest I too feel your pain from time to time. You’re probably wondering, “What on this good earth is this brotha talking about?” It’s motivation! Motivation can be the difference between a Ferrari and a Corvette, it can be the difference between a three-pointer and a 2 pointer (1 up or a touch above), and it ultimately comes down to your perception.
For the most part we already know why we should be working out: getting healthy, looking good, burning fat ramble, ramble all that good stuff. If you’re anything like me, then you also already know that you can have the best of intentions, but if it’s not fueled by motivation, then you’ll be sitting on the couch stuffing a big ole bag of chips into your mouth while you berate yourself for not working out… instead of digging deep and actually doing it!
If you aim to get anything done, it’s clear motivation plays a very big role. Even so, to rely only on motivation is to one day slip back onto that comfy couch and return right back where you started. The honest truth is motivation is only half of the battle the other half is consistency. A quote that I truly admire is “Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going” that’s the missing piece people. A lot of you have the motivation, or can at least muster some up, but when it comes to consistency and making it a habit, you eventually end up withering away. Here are some tips that will help you create some drive when there seems to be none.
Find your ‘Why’
Find a compelling enough ‘why’. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are, what’s crucial is that they’re important to you. Without a good enough reason, you’ll only be okay for short-term but not long-term. Write down why you want to achieve your fitness goals and post it somewhere you always pass by – these can be anything specific for you, from improving your health to looking great naked – write them down and read them every single day. If they don’t motivate you, dig deeper and find reasons that do.
Sticking to your workouts requires commitment. Make a public declaration to people in your life. Public accountable makes it much harder to slack off because you don’t feel like working out that day. Just make sure you tell people you trust who are going to support your goals and not hinder them.
You will motivate each other. Another benefit is it increases your own commitment and accountability. Buddying up helps most when you have a low-motivation day, they’ll usually be able to get you motivated to work out anyway. Just make sure you buddy up with someone who is as committed to your shared fitness goals as you are. Always remember, Respect your body, be strategic in making your decisions, and if you aren’t already, live actively!