Do you sometimes feel it’s all too much effort? That you can’t be bothered? Or say to yourself, ‘I just don’t feel like it’?
To some extent, we’ve all had those thoughts and feelings and they always make us feel guilty, or feel as though we’ve failed, or just plain angry at our own lack of willpower.
Not being motivated is simply that we become entrenched in routine. We are very much creatures of habit and once settled in our comfort zones, it takes quite some effort to budge us.
Pretty often, we need people to help us to get motivated, especially those around us, but it’s places like SP that can really ‘spark’ us and spur us onwards.
The best way to become motivated is to realise that we are on a path towards whatever it is we wish to achieve. Our dream is out there along the path and we should place certain realistic goals along the way, with little pit-stops in between where we can stop to catch our breath and reassess our achievements so far. It’s important to realise that this is not a race, or a marathon, but a gentle stretching out of our comfort zone to attain our dream.
Whatever your personal dream, whether it’s reaching a specific weight, striving for a healthier life style or wanting to be fitter, you will find along the way that you achieve more than the one thing you were aiming for.
Right now, just take some minutes to consider this. Consider your ultimate dream and hold that picture in your mind. Now look at the goals you’ve already achieved in aiming for your dream. Now, assess yourself and write down those extra things you’ve achieved on your way to your dream. For example, it might be that your dream is to be a specific weight and so your goals have been the loss of pounds along the way. But not only that, you now realise you’ve gained other good things besides losing those pounds, such as a new dress size or better health, or more energy, or even more friends, or all of those things. Along the way, we gain at every level and it’s important to realise that.
So, remember that it’s not an uphill path but an enjoyable daily journey. The anticipation of our dream can be a strong motivator, but each little goal along the way is important, acting as a spur. At each milestone along the way, congratulate yourself and reward yourself in a small way. It’s also essential to give yourself those little pit stops in which to ease off, have a short rest and in which you can reassess your previous attainments and pat yourself on the back for those. Your pit stop is that reward, your fuel to motivate you further. So don’t feel bad about that, we all need a break and then we’re motivated once again to capture that dream and get our Motivation Mojo Back!