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9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

Ways to Rediscover Your Drive


Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?"

Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. If you’re motivated, you’ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you’ll reach your goal.

Need more reasons? Here are 10 of our ‘hidden’ reasons to stay motivated. Use one or all of them to keep the fire burning inside you.

1. Confidence

How did it feel after that first jog around the block? Or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath? The more you accomplish, the more you’ll believe in yourself.

2. Fit into that dress

It’s been hanging up in your closet for two years now, just waiting to be thrown on for a night on the town. All it takes is for you to go that extra mile and stay on track. Before you know it, those two years will be ancient history.

3. Make the week easier

Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it’s only Tuesday? This happens when you’re not working towards anything. When you have a goal in mind, you’ll want to cook that healthy dinner or go to the gym. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable.

4. Gives you purpose

Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here it is, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that’s going to jump start your day, go for your morning jog, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. When you’re motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.

5. For your kids

And your grandkids. And their kids, too. The healthier you are, the longer you’ll be around to watch your kids grow and to spoil your grandchildren. They’ll want you to be around as long as possible; consider this just another present.

6. Power of momentum

It’s a scientific fact – something in motion tends to stay in motion. Momentum builds quickly and can lead to great results. Suddenly, you’re not only working for the goal, but also to keep your streak alive. Even more reason to reach your goals.

7. The ‘wow’ effect

Picture this: Walking into a restaurant, you run into someone from high school, and their eyes light up. They gasp, "Wow, you look great!" By sticking with your goals, this can happen. Watch the "wows" add up.

8. Spread the spark

When friends and family see how hard you’re working, they’ll wonder how they can reach their own goals. Guess who they’re going to look to for help? By staying motivated, you’ll not only help yourself, but others too.

9. Keep gaining experience

The more you do, the more you will learn and understand. You’ll discover which tactics work best for you and which ones don’t. It’s like weeding out the garden - not the most enjoyable job in the world, but when you’re done, all that’s left are beautiful flowers. Keeping sticking with it and soon it will be all flowers for you.

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  • I wrote a blog on "the WOW effect" My weight loss journey took about 2 years. Living in a small town, everyone saw my journey. My favorite time to walk is early morning and during the school year, most of the people saw me walking and my dedication. I've been maintaining almost a year and I'm still getting the WOWs and told how motivation and inspirational I am. I'm still amazed with it.
    Some say motivation is the MOST difficult thing in the world to grow. I think group support is the soil the seed of motivation emerges from. The problem is watering it to keep it going and growing. Words from friends are the vitamins that nurish our plant of 'Motivatia'......
    like my new Latin word for motivation? Hehe. I need acres and acres of this plant. I need it to be a vine that covers a castles wall,a vine that tangles itself into my heart, soul and mind, eeking out any uncertainty...I pray daily asking God to help me thru my hundred pound journey. Albeit 10 pounds or a million, each are mountains we must climb and hold on for dear life, trying not to back slide or go backwards. Up and over, here I come, big Kardashian behind and I ...I intend on having fun while I am doing this very brave thing few of us are strong enough to try. We are the unknown super heroes of the world. We can see it in each others eyes when we pass eachother, clutching our weight watchers menus. Be loose, be free, weight be released from me.
  • I like the Wow factor, because my hubby says that often to me when he thinks I'm looking especially good! I thought about it and it would be really cool to tally up your 'wows'.
    What about marking down a Wow for the moment when you receive a Wow from these ten people /or for these reasons:
    1. spouse 2. kids 3. family (like siblings or parents) 4. acquaintance (co worker?) 5. extended family (like at a reunion or wedding/funeral) 6. Friend 7. Complete Stranger ( like someone who says, Wow! You don't LOOK like you've got diabetes! Or you have SIX CHILDREN? Wow! You don't LOOK like it!') 8. Myself (when I am REALLY shocked at how well I look) 9. Dress Goal (that special dream outfit you've been dying to get into) 10. When you've achieved that seemingly impossible fitness goal. Wouldn't those WOWS be fun to keep track of? and SHARE on spark? :)
    My friends are the perfect image of health and they modavate me to make healthy choices
    Love this Artical Especially the end one!
    Great article. Something that is different from other articles about motivation.
    - Rainer Proksch (mconception)
  • I needed to read this... It was helpful for me.
    Hi Zach,
    I recently wrote an article about motivation:

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.
    this was a fantastic post. I've officially made tomorrow my "get back on track" day since my holiday season is over (don't ever do much on New Years, so no worries there) and I've been really slacking lately. I feel empowered and positive and this article helped solidify WHY I want to get back on track and succeed this time- I want the Wow's, the little dresses, and the confidence, and I want to help motivate others the way others have done for me!
  • Great reminders. For me, it appears my motivation changes in nature from time to time.
    Currently, it seems my vanity is winning. I want my clothes to fit correctly and to look good in them. This helps me to feel better in my own skin, which I realize is actually reverse thinking.
  • Thank you for this lovely post. I teach children with autism and behavior issues and we sometimes just do somehting really simple for 2 weeks to try to change a behavior that much closer to our goal.
  • These are great tips-thank you. Just what I needed to stay motivated thru this holiday season.
    A dress that I've not been able to wear for two years? Come on...
    Thanks Zach!
    I needed the motivation reminders! I think I will post them on my wall! :)
    I really like the weeding analogy, 'when it's done, all that's left are beautiful flowers'

About The Author

Zach Van Hart Zach Van Hart
Zach is a journalist who regularly covers health and exercise topics.

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