Keeping the Momentum Going…
In my last post, we discussed some vital tools that will help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions in 2015. One absolutely crucial element in accomplishing any goal, whether it is fitness related or otherwise, is motivation. Motivation is intangible, it cannot be quantified or directly observed, and yet it is the very quality that separates success from failure. So, how do you get motivated, or more importantly, how do you STAY motivated?
First, surround yourself with positive people.
This one is big, and also probably one of the hardest to do. I am not saying to only be friends with fitness fanatics or to abandon your current acquaintances, but if you only interact with individuals who are always negative, you will find yourself becoming the same way. Find friends who are positive, not necessarily about fitness but about life in general. It is amazing the effect that one positive person can have on your day. If you don’t believe you can reach your goals, you probably won’t.
Next, find your motivation style.
This might seem strange at first glance, but not all people can be motivated the same way. For instance, I have found that some of our gym’s members are motivated by competition. If it were not for the competitive atmosphere that occurs in our daily HEAT classes, these individuals would never make it in to workout. Contrastingly, I personally have clients who can’t stand the thought of competition; for them, it is the one-on-one sessions and accountability that keeps them coming back. Just like a fitness routine, motivation is not a “one size fits all”. By finding out what keeps you motivated, you can focus and nurture that aspect of yourself.
When all else fails, take action.
Sometimes the best motivation is execution. Motivation won’t always present itself, and every now and then it may feel like nothing will work. Kids, bills, work, and countless others distractions will always be in your way; unfortunately that is life. It is those times when you don’t feel like pushing yourself that you need to do exactly that: push yourself. Even if it means just forcing yourself to show up to the gym, the hardest step is the first one you take, and you will feel infinitely better once you’re done. It is not just about fitness; it is about self-discipline and overcoming short term emotional whims to accomplish the big picture.
Closely related to taking action, is that you also don’t want to overdo it. What I mean is that there is a fine line between dedication and obsession. I know too many individuals that spend more time looking at pictures of the body they want rather than actually going out and making it happen. Motivation is useless if action doesn’t follow, and there is certainly a point where you can spend so much time trying to motivate yourself that you become desensitized to the very thing that you think keeps you inspired.
Now, go out and get it!
About the author:
Charles Burroughs is a member of the 360 Fitness personal training team in Tyler, TX. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Kinesiology from the University of Texas, he is certified by the renowned National Academy of Sports Medicine. Charles has a passion for helping others achieve optimal health and wellness and he hopes to better the lives of his clients through education and motivation. Read more about Charles and his journey into fitness here.