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

Member Comments

    My friends are the perfect image of health and they modavate me to make healthy choices - 3/14/2015 1:21:41 PM
    Love this Artical Especially the end one! - 2/16/2014 4:21:47 PM
    Great article. Something that is different from other articles about motivation.
    - Rainer Proksch (mconception) - 7/20/2013 3:40:24 AM
  • I needed to read this... It was helpful for me. - 5/4/2013 11:11:05 PM
    Hi Zach,
    I recently wrote an article about motivation:

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it. - 3/22/2013 4:31:37 PM
    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! - 12/25/2012 6:28:29 PM
  • 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. - 12/25/2012 3:48:49 PM
  • 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. - 12/25/2012 11:54:13 AM
  • These are great tips-thank you. Just what I needed to stay motivated thru this holiday season. - 12/25/2012 7:10:00 AM
    A dress that I've not been able to wear for two years? Come on... - 12/25/2012 6:37:40 AM
    Thanks Zach!
    I needed the motivation reminders! I think I will post them on my wall! :) - 8/2/2012 12:14:57 PM
    I really like the weeding analogy, 'when it's done, all that's left are beautiful flowers' - 7/27/2012 8:24:07 AM
    My favorite is the "Wow effect." Just to hear those magic words "did you lose weight?" You look great" really spark a fire on the inside and inspire you to keep going, knowing that you are slowly changing and reaching your goals. - 7/8/2012 4:16:14 PM
    After a while, the motivation morphs into Just Do It...the eating right, exercising and taking care of yourself becomes second nature, like's a part of you and the way you ARE...I'm sure everyone reaches this point at different times...but have patience, you'll get there...never give up! - 12/9/2011 11:11:05 AM
  • This came at the right time for me...
    I am struggling to find the motivation to get going, as I cant find THE reason, THE goal to ignite my motivation..
    So, I am going to write these on my whiteboard, and other tips and ideas as I find them...
    - 11/10/2011 4:46:59 PM

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