Ready to Give Up? How to Jumpstart Your Motivation
Motivation isn’t usually a permanent resident. It comes and goes, sometimes staying for awhile, and sometimes just making an appearance before flying out the door again.
But that doesn’t mean the path to reaching your goals has to be just as rocky.
If you’re struggling to stay the course and keep moving forward, here are a few things to remember:
Motivation doesn’t have to come before action.
If we always waited until we were motivated to act, most goals wouldn’t be reached. You might not be buzzing with excitement every time your alarm goes off for that early morning workout, but you can still take the physical steps to get out of bed and pull on your workout gear. Motivation will likely show up once you start moving.
Habits can always help pick up the slack.
We all have plenty of decisions to make throughout the day, so the more we have set on autopilot, the better. If you have a workout schedule and a meal plan already laid out, you’re less likely to rely on motivation to make sure you do what’s right for your body. Create habits and you’ll create a smoother ride to success.
Sometimes you just have to be kind to yourself.
Have you been slacking on your workouts lately? Instead of kicking yourself for falling off the bandwagon and further hampering your motivation as a result, start looking forward instead of backwards. Guilt won’t leave much room for thinking about how you can improve.
Self-reflection can go a long way.
What’s the why behind your lack of motivation? Do you need to switch up your workout routine? Are the goals you’ve set not actually reflective of what you hope to achieve? Does your meal plan need some pizzazz? Sometimes a lack of motivation is simply an indicator that things need to change.
Still thinking about giving up? Here are a few things you can do today before calling it quits:
Get an accountability partner.
Motivation is contagious, so a good workout partner might be able to rub off on you. Not only will they hold you accountable, but they can be a good distraction from the work at hand.
Look back at your progress.
It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come when your eye is always on the finish line. Make it a point to really look back and document where you were starting from. That’s usually enough to convince you how much hard work can pay off.
Create a fail-proof routine.
If late afternoon workouts are leaving you exhausted and are too easy to cancel, find a time to workout that is easier to stick to. Create a schedule or plan that is as fail-proof as humanly possible and you won’t have to wait for motivation to show up.
Before you give in to feeling down on yourself, take control and show motivation who’s boss. Your body will thank you for it.