Monday, February 14, 2011
You know youíre supposed to be motivated. Youíre told it is the only way to lose weight. So if itís that important, where do you find motivation for yourself? Itís not for sale at the corner store and it seems in short supply at most gatherings of friends or family, so where do you get yours?
Goals generally make it easier to get motivated, because they offer their own reward. They are your goals and reflect where you have a strong desire to achieve for your own well being. Most goal setting exercises concentrate on this aspect because it is one the individual can control.
Motivation here can range from the challenge of the assignment, (lose weight for health purposes) to the fear of not wanting to be healthier bad enough. Much of this can be traced to your attitude and how you view weight loss at this given moment. If you like the challenge of the competition then this is enough to get you motivated, but if you hate self discipline, it is more difficult, because self discipline is key.
This is, for me, the hardest motivation to find. Something that has to be done, and you canít argue, because you know it has to be done. My health is in jeopardy and I'm not getting any younger.
The way that keeps coming to mind is to do it from a sense of duty. You know it has to be done, and you are the only person to make it happen, so "just do it", as the commercial says. It's like the household duties (see, even the word is a form of duty), there is no option, you must do your house work or your house will soon not be habitable.
One thing that really has helped me to get motivated is to set really small manageable goals for myself that with very little effort on my part, I can achieve.
I set a weekly goal of one pound. You might think, 'one pound, why bother?'
One pound works for me even though I "know" it takes very little effort on my part to achieve because I can then reward myself with a sense (albeit small) of accomplishment.
So in my opinion (which is just "my" opinion) I need to actually 'see' results to become motivated.
1st I truly 'want' to succeed
2nd I know I am the only person that can 'make' it happen
3rd I need that sense of "I CAN do it" if I sincerely want to make the effort it takes to work at it, so I can reward myself and continue my efforts.
So for now at least, I personally WANT to achieve my weekly goal. That is my motivation; that is my goal. One week at a time. Any weight loss over 1 pound is pure bonus which adds fuel to the fire!