Everyone is motivated after they map out their goals and start a new journey. In most cases its sustaining that level of motivation throughout your journey that is going to help you preserve during those times you want to give up. You’ve gotten past the excitement at the beginning, and not quite near your finish line so you begin feeling tired, lacking confidence, and doubt starts creeping in. Here’s 6 keys to increase your motivation during those times when you want to give up:
1. SET GOALS AND DEVELOP A GAMEPLAN
Always always always create a plan towards reaching your goals prior to setting out what it is you’re seeking to accomplish.
The great Zig Ziglar once said “if you want to win, you need to prepare to win, plan to win, and expect to win”.
Would you take an exam without studying any of the course material or interview for a new job without researching the company? Unless you go to class everyday and have a photographic memory, its very unlikely you’ll do we’ll on that exam and most likely the only places you’ll be able to land a job is a McDonalds or Burger King. If you need help knowing how to set goals, please read the article the goal setting exercise to ensure you can achieve them. Without any goals you’re setting yourself up for failure. In most cases, anyone who has told me that they don’t have any goals or fails to set them do so because they’ve failed in the past and stopped and started a diet regimen or a workout regimen so many times that they don’t want to feel like they’ve failed. However, one of the best traits that we carry is the power of choice. Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, today is a new day, and you have the ability to choose whether you want to take action. If you make a habit out of choosing the right decision, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals.
2. FIND A SUPPORTING CAST
I remember when I was preparing for my first competition I was afraid to tell anyone that I was enrolling in a bodybuilding show. It wasn’t because that I didn’t want my competitors to know what I was doing but I was afraid that if I didn’t follow through with it I will be looked at as a failure. I still competed that year and I was proud of myself but deep down inside I knew I could have done a lot better since I ended up cutting corners and blaming external factors on why I didn’t win. The next year I hired a trainer to help monitor my diet and train with me fortified times a week. When you know someone is going to check your progress, it lights a fire under you to follow through. Find a good friend or mentor who will take on the role of motivator and occasional butt-kicker. You will come to value this service immensely when you see your efficiency and effectiveness improve. The days where I felt like calling off work or skipping the gym have been some of the most productive workdays and best workouts I’ve had, not to mention there’s a feeling of sensation and empowerment in comparison to the guilt you may feel from not taking action.
3. MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
Get a log book or a journal to track your progress. Not only Will this help to be more consistent but seeing changes on a semi-monthly or monthly basis can big confidence booster. Make sure that you’re using in accumulation of different methods to monitor your progress. For example, make sure your taking body composition measurements, body fat percentage, Wade while also tracking your level of fitness. Since so many variables come to play on a daily basis, try and do measurements at the same time of day you’ve has in the past (preferably right in the morning), and also try and keep your diet/workout regimen similar to how it was structured three days before the last time you measured.
4. SWITCH IT UP
It’s inevitable that once you begin a workout plan, you’re going to see or feel some physiological changes. this is a good thing, You know what your body is changing it’s normal to feel little bit sore but the point where you Can’t sit down on the toilet or walk up the stairs. usually three or four weeks down the road your body gets use to it and it becomes boring doing the same thing day-in and day-out without seeing any progress. what you can do to prevent this is step outside your comfort zone and incorporate different forms of exercise into your routine. if you’re doing yoga and cardio, implement more strength and resistance training and Vice versa. doing this will help stimulate areas of your body that you’re not accusomed to activating, make your workouts more exciting, and give other areas of your body rest.
5. PERSEVERE DURING TIMES OF DISTRESS
This most commonly happens midway through your journey. The level of motivation you had from the time you started seems like they’ve significantly diminished. this is probably the most difficult factor when it comes to staying motivated. however, replacing bad habits with good ones and developing enough self-discipline will help you push through these days and ultimately increase your self-confidence. The days where I felt like calling off work or skipping the gym have been some of the most productive workdays and best workouts I’ve had, not to mention there’s a feeling of sensation and empowerment in comparison to the guilt you may feel from not taking action.
6. UNCOVER YOUR DRIVING FACTOR
Write down what it is that’s motivating you to reach your goals and why you want to achieve them. how will your life by achieving these goals? is the motivation coming from an intristic factor or extristic factor. for example, are you starting a diet or a workout regimen because your doctor told you that you have high blood pressure or are you doing it because you’re sick of feeling tired, insecure, or unhealthy. make sure you constantly remind yourself of your x-factor, especially when you feel like you’re not making any progress or your motivation isn’t there.