It’s 6:00am. Your alarm is going off and you’re wanting to hit snooze because you just don’t feel it. Your motivation the past several weeks has been declining and you’re wondering if it’s even worth it to continue on this fitness journey that you’ve started.
Then your thought process turns to those that you follow on Instagram who always seem to be motivated. Not only do they seem to be motivated all the time, their job is to be motivated and fitness. You’re wondering if you have to literally make fitness your career to meet your fitness goals.
But you don’t want fitness to be your career, you’ve got other plans. Am I right?
Okay, let’s stop that thought process right there, shall we?
First of all,
Nobody is motivated all the time, ever. It’s simply not possible and anyone that tells you otherwise is wrong. It’s that simple.
Also, let’s talk Instagram. If you’re following fitness models, fitness competitors, or other fitness people and they are making you question yourself and your fitness journey…. Stop following them. Right now.
You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. That kind of negative impact on your thinking is not okay!
Now! Let’s move on to my tips for how to stay motivated.
How to Stay Motivated Tip # 1 – Set Your Priorities
You have the right and in fact the obligation to yourself to set your own priorities. How many times have you looked at your planner and thought, “How did so much stuff get on my plate?” It’s because you’re so kind and giving that you don’t ever tell people no. You’ve got big plans for your career and you keep putting in that overtime and let’s just be honest, you’re killing it, but you’re exhausted! Plus, you and the hubs aren’t getting a lot of time together either. That’s where this point comes in. Understand what is important to you, set your priorities and stick to them!
When my plate was the fullest, I realized that the things that were the most important to me were taking a back burner to less important things. Why? Simple. I was afraid to say no and stick to my list of priorities.
How do you know when to say no? Here’s how I made my list of priorities. I made a list of the top 3-5 things that were the most important to me and worked backward from there. This really put into perspective what is important and it was a great start to cleaning off my plate. My top 3 in order of importance included my family, my career and my workouts for me time. Having them written down was extremely freeing. These three things give me a sense of direction and my boundaries for what to say yes and no to.
When my calendar starts filling up, which it inevitably does, I start looking at the things that fall under the top four and those are the things that stay on my calendar first. From there I have to make a decision. Is my calendar already full enough this week? Will I have down time with this schedule? If the answer is no, I start marking things off the list that I need to say no to.
Tip-depending on what your top 3-5 are might mean having uncomfortable conversations with people while cleaning off of your plate. This does not make you a bad person. This makes you a strong, independent woman, who knows that she can’t do it all and it’s perfectly okay. Your top 3-5 are what you have been given to take care of and you’re going to do what it takes to do so. You can do this!
How to Stay Motivated Tip # 2 – Find Your Why
Basically you’re figuring out your why for chasing these fitness goals. This “why” can be anything, it can be for you (which you TOTALLY should be part of your why!) your husband, for your career, or all of the above!
Let’s say you want to open your own business and you want to be the face of your business; you want to look strong, healthy and fit! Your hubby can also be part of your why. You love him, and you want to look good for him. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!
Let’s talk about why you should be part of your why. I firmly believe that self-love is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I believe that self-love and self-care is so important, that I make it one of my top priorities. Because, when I do this, I can in turn pour into my family and then this sweet community.
You have to love yourself and if you’re going on this fitness journey because you hate the way you look then, forgive the harshness, but you will fail. Self-hate is destructive and dangerous!
Because, when you love yourself and you’re taking care of yourself, you feel better about yourself which means, that you can in turn take care of the people in your life and your career.
How to Stay Motivated Tip # 3 – Set Smaller Goals
So you have this big goal, right? You have it in your mind right now, I know it. As soon as I said it, you knew what it is you want to achieve.
But, how do you get there?
First, you take it and break it down into bite size pieces and set timelines for yourself. Basically you’re making a plan and then you work that plan.
A lot of traps that we tend to fall into is that we will plan ourselves to death and then we never actually act on that plan. Action on your plan is where the results happen.
You must take action, no matter how small or how imperfect it is.
Believe me, coming from a perfectionist, I struggle with that! I really do. However, I have found that the smaller actions every single day are what lead me to achieving my goals.
How to Stay Motivated Tip #4 – Give Yourself a Present When You Reach Each Goal
This is my favorite part!
How to Stay Motivated Tip #4 is where you actually get to reward yourself for reaching each and every goal.
Yes, each and every goal. That includes the small goals. If you want, you can make each celebration get bigger as you get closer to your big goal.
It’s almost like a movie where the anticipation builds and then yep, the super hero wins the day.
This is your chance to really think big! Think outside the box and think of something that you like to do or you like to receive.
Remember! Your presents shouldn’t be food related. I am all for the occasional ice-cream, but this is different.
Don’t reward yourself with food, sister. As much as we love our fur babies, you aren’t a dog, so think bigger!
I’ve got a list of 7 different gift ideas for when you reach each of your goals that you can grab below!
Each of these steps will help you get closer to your goals. Remember to not get caught up in planning every single step out perfectly. Make your plan, and start working your plan.
Imperfect steps forward!
Dreams can only be accomplished with a plan.
Here’s the process to achieving your dreams.
Dreams turn into goals, goals turn into motivation, motivation turns into discipline, and discipline is what produces results.
So. On the days that you’re not feeling it and don’t want to get up when the alarm goes off; remember your why, remember how you’re going to feel when you reach your goals, remember the people who’s lives you will touch along the way, and put your feet on the ground to get started with your day.
Get after it, sister.
You can do this!
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