How To Get Back Your Motivation
You know the frustration… you’ve lost your ‘mojo’ and no longer feel like carrying out the healthy living goals and objectives you so passionately set for yourself at the start of the year. Not only are you feeling like your body and mind are quickly slipping out of shape, again… you’re feeling like a failure. And it sucks. Fortunately, we know you’re not a quitter! Remember, a dip in motivation is commonplace around this time of year, so let yourself off the hook and find out how to get your drive back in time for spring:
First things first, shake off the guilt – right now! Lack of motivation is made a lot worse when we’re beating ourselves up about all the things we haven’t done. Yet, you can’t change the past. The quicker you forgive yourself, the easier it is to move on towards a new burst of motivation.
Rewire your thinking
When you’ve lost your motivation, it’s easy to focus on all the reasons we lost enthusiasm in the first place. Perhaps you didn’t enjoy the last few exercise sessions you carried out, and this is your prevailing memory. Now is the time to rewire your thinking by focusing on the positives of exercise. How great do you feel after a good workout? What fun do you have when you’re really in the zone? How does it feel when you’re complimented for looking healthy? Keep reminding yourself of the positives, until you start to become excited again!
Define your ‘why’
Life changing goals take hard-work, motivation, and perseverance – all hard to muster when you’re not actually clear on ‘why’ you’re really going after what you want. Before your next attempt at sticking to a fitness schedule or changing up your diet, be specific about why you want to achieve what you’re setting out to do. If you want to lose weight, why? How will this affect the different aspects of your life? The clearer you are, the harder it will be to ignore the reality of not following through.
Don’t go signing yourself up for a marathon after a month long dry spell. Start small. Add just 20 minutes of exercise into your day to begin, and praise yourself highly when you carry through! If you ease yourself back into heading for your goals, you’re less likely to freak out and decide to quit.
By committing to a weight loss plan or promising to exercise more regularly for the mental benefits, you’re saying you’re ready to invest in yourself. You’re making it clear that you are a priority, and that your wellbeing is of importance. Don’t stop there. Treat yourself to something tangible, to go alongside your new investment of time and energy. Perhaps buy yourself new gym gear, get yourself a new full-length mirror, or spruce up the room in which you plan to be doing your home exercise. Make taking your health and fitness plan feel serious, yet indulgent.
Set yourself a reward
In the same way treating yourself before you even get started is great for boosting your motivation, setting out clear rewards will give you goals to really get excited about. Dropping a dress size may be a long-term goal, but how about rewarding yourself with nights out, gigs, spa treatments – whatever perks you up – as you meet smaller milestones along the way.
Turn it up!
Whatever your exercise of choice, if you’re finding it hard to get started – turn up the music. Think about what tracks always make your smile or get you moving, then turn it up loud. Feel the music coursing through you as you breathe deeply, remember the reason your goals are so important to you, and tell yourself ‘I’ve got this!’