Hello readers, as the first few days of the new year pass by, we need to keep in mind that there is only one muscle that truly matters: our mind. It’s disappointing to see many people quit on their goals within a week or two of setting them because of a loss of motivation; what started off as a promising journey for many, finishes as a crash and burn derailment. It is critical to remember to find ways to keep yourself motivated throughout the days, weeks, and months, because fitness, no matter your body composition, is supposed to be a life-long adventure. Here is how to keep yourself motivated:
- Write down your goal: Anything you say or think is only a wish until you write it down. Once your vision is written down somewhere where you can always see it (bathroom mirror, refrigerator, front door, screensaver!), it is a goal. All time greats have said to have written down their goals and used that as a reminder of where they wanted to be; it motivated them to continue grinding when the going go tough; these people include Emmitt Smith, Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Ronda Rousey, Dan Gable, and Kyle Dake. Although they had different methods of training and competed in various sports, they all had one thing in common: they wrote their goals down. I write my goals down and it has personally never let me down; I still hit goal weights, PR’s, work goals, and win jiujitsu tournaments that I have marked down on my whiteboard calendar in my kitchen!
2. Do what you LOVE: Look, no one wants to do something they loathe. If running is something you detest, don’t commit to waking up at 4-5 A.M. to run; it might be healthy for your body, but if it is making you hate your day, don’t do it. This type of behavior will only make you hate your fitness regime and convince you to give it up. Try finding a physical hobby you love doing; for example, swimming, walking, jiujitsu, lifting weights, plyometrics, rockclimbing, dancing, tennis, golf, and even carpentry can be considered aerobic exercise. There are more than way to lose weight; it doesn’t have to be solely with the treadmill. If none of what you do appeals to you, KEEP LOOKING. There is something out there for everyone, you just have to find yours.
3. Watch youtube videos: I know when I feel like not doing anything, it helps if I watch a motivational video on youtube. My mood will go from lethargic to one of eagerness. I find that after watching the videos that are compilations of inspirational scenes from classic movies like Rocky, I want to do nothing more than tying up my shoes and going to the gym. There are tons of channels on youtube devoted to workout out; whether it is a vlogger like Connor Murphy or Elliot Hulse, weight loss journeys such as Fit2Fat2Fit or Overweight2Great, there is always something for someone to get hooked on.
4. Ignore the Haters: You can’t please everyone in life; there is always going to be someone who thinks you aren’t making the right choices or try and make you feel inferior to them. Although it is difficult to ignore 100% of everyone who fits into this, try and focus on the people who support you and your ambitions. This isn’t only exclusive to fitness, but in life. Let your support system be your pillar of strength; they are the people who should have your focus and energy, not the ones who want to bring you down. There is nothing wrong with cutting out the people in your life who bring you no positivity. Don’t be afraid to delete them from your life or ignore them; doors close in life so that others may open.
5. Fear Not Failure: I firmly believe in one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rules of success, “Don’t be afraid to fail.” It’s a simple fact, growth doesn’t occur in your comfort zone. Now, there is nothing wrong with being in your comfort zone, but if you want to grow as a person (physically and mentally), you have to reach out of it. Try and hit those PR’s in the gym, track, pool, or wherever you choose to workout; break through your ceiling and be the best you can be. By taking risks and putting ourselves in a place of vulnerability, we see how strong we really are; we see exactly how far we can go. So don’t be afraid to push the boundaries; test yourself and see what you are really made of. The sky is not the limit; shoot for the moon; if you miss, you will land among the stars.
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