So you clicked on this post because you’re looking for some motivation to get you out of this mental slump that you’re in. No worries, everyone gets them at some point. It may feel disheartening right now but at the same time, you’re reading this post, so you’re recognizing that you’re currently not where you want to be but you want to get there.
Here are 3 steps on how to do just that.
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Motivation and can come from numerous areas in your life, from your friends and family, to other fitness inspirations around you, but most importantly, yourself. You should always be your biggest motivator. It is great to have people around you who love and motivate you but you are going to be the one to push through that last lap or rep. No one if going to run that last mile or lift that barbell for you. And let me tell you, your body will give up so many times but your mind will not give up until you’re done, not if you can help it.
Now, though I say that you should be your biggest motivator, which is true, I’m not saying that the motivation you get from your friends and family doesn’t matter, because they do. Have you ever tried eating healthy while all of your other friends want to pizza and spaghetti? It’s a nightmare! You don’t want to be a debby-downer so you end up with 3 slices of pizza on your plate and a night full of tears and regret. Definitely not the road you want to go on.
Instead, let your friends and family know what you’re trying to do, what your goals are. Be direct about it. If they support you, great. If they don’t, get rid of them. Now that may seem harsh but you really don’t need those toxic people in your lives. You need to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you, so identify the ones who aren’t looking out for your best interest and clear them out of your life. If they are someone you can’t exactly clear out (your parents or sibling), try to set boundaries as much as you can and ask that they respect that.
Imagine yourself working towards your goal and achieving it. These visions will help you see your potential and ultimately turning those visions into reality. Imagine yourself a couple months from now. What are you wearing? What are you doing? Are you eating healthy? Are you working out? Are you playing with your kids? Furthermore, how are you feeling? Are you happy? Do you feel accomplished? The more images and feelings you have, the more motivation you have to bring them to life.
You can make a vision board to remind yourself of your goals every day. You can even read or listen to other people’s success stories. Just last week, we had one of members. Tammy, tell us about her weight-loss journey and how she found her success through years of struggle. Her story and many others are there to inspire you. Use their stories to motivate YOU to write your own.
Being determined means that you need to believe in yourself. By simply telling yourself that you can do something, you take down that initial barrier that’s been holding you back. Your words are more powerful than you think. I’m sure we all have heard the phrase “watch your language.” That’s exactly what I’m telling you to do. Watch the language you use on yourself. Are you the words you’re using aimed towards your success or failure?
No one is perfect so you’re going to have doubts from time to time and that’s normal. But the way to deal with those negative thoughts is to surround them with positive thoughts.
You are not bad at running, you’re learning how to get better at running. That last rep is not impossible, it’s challenging. You are whatever you say you are. So next time you look in the mirror, I want you to say “I am already beautiful, I am just working on being better, stronger, and healthier.”
Just how you would surround yourself with positive people, you need to overpower the negative with the positive. Like they say, a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy mind.
Believe in yourself, be positive, and being happy will become second nature.
The GetFitNow Team