Motivation is what drives our actions. With great motivation, you can do things that may seem impossible to you before. In order to be fit, you would certainly need lots of motivation to stick to a healthy diet and to go through your workouts. That is so true, especially today that fast foods are everywhere and when it is a lot more comfortable and convenient to just watch TV than to gear up and work out.
When you browse through various websites, you can see fitness gurus giving advice about how you can motivate yourself. It is important for people to understand that building motivation is not about just knowing the do’s. It is also important that you identify what are the things that are holding back your motivation so that you can find a way to free yourself from these things that bind you.
It is true that our motivation comes from the mind however its hindrances come in the form of thoughts too. That is why you should focus on filtering your thoughts in order to keep yourself motivated. Below are the top four thoughts that might kill (or are already killing) your fitness motivation.
1. “Motivation will come soon.”
Many people think that motivation is like a guest– that it will come and go and they cannot do anything about it. That is why most of them wait– wait for it to come back.
Keep in mind that motivation is no guest– it lives within you. As I have said before, your will and motivation comes from your thoughts, emotions and environment. If you wish to be motivated, then take some actions. Since you will not be able to change the environment, the best thing that you can do is to change your emotions and thoughts and you will feel motivation coming out in no time.
How to overcome it: In order to keep the motivation flowing, the best thing that you can do is take a small step. It does not have to be a leap– just a small step. In fact, it can be as simple as putting your gym clothes on.
2. “I can’t do this.”
Your motivation lies in the beliefs that you have. In order to be fit, you need to have both motivation and confidence in yourself. When you lack confidence, you will not be motivated to jog, run or go to the gym.
How to overcome it: Instead of focusing on the things that you cannot do, try looking back at how far you have gone. This may sound like a cliché but a lot of people will attest to how successful this simple solution can be. In addition to that, try reading weight success stories and you will be able to see what other people have done to turn things around. Read success stories, focus on the positive and take small actions to be fit.
3. “I can do it all.”
Lack of confidence and overconfidence have the same effects on motivation– these kill it. A lot of people aim high because the thought of achieving great results have boosted their motivation. Once this seemingly amazing thought backfires, your motivation will be brutally murdered. This is because the rewards seems very easy to achieve but the work is quite demanding.
How to overcome it: Understand the fact that you can never do it all right away, especially if this is your first time to exercise. Set realistic goals and once you have nailed these, move on to the next challenge. Take exercise one step at a time.
4. “I want to lose weight but I do not feel like working out at the moment.”
A lot of people have motivation, yes. They have the motivation to be fit. However, they lack the motivation to get up and exercise. Once again, this is a result of allowing feelings and environment get in the way of achieving your goal.
How to overcome it: Once you feel this way, the best thing that you can do is to acknowledge what you are feeling and accept that it is normal but do not dwell on it. Again, taking small steps is the best way to remedy this.
Get rid of all these thoughts and you will surely find the motivation (an unwavering one) to live a healthy and fit life.
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