Let's Talk Motivation
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
For some people, it comes easy. I go to school with this one kid who seems to have never procrastinated or put something off a day in his life. I, on the other hand, have put off:
-Reading for Class
-Calling Customer Service
-Learning to Cook
-Getting my Learner’s Permit
-Getting my License
-Preparing myself food
-Finishing off applications
-Looking up steering wheels for my father (This is a huge tidbit into the kind of man that he is lol)
… I’m sure you understand by now that the list goes on and on. If it’s something that can be put off, very likely I’ve procrastinated on it.
In the past, I have certainly procrastinated on my weight loss/health. I used to make up so many excuses: I’m too scared to go to the gym by myself, I don’t have the equipment at home, I hate running outside, I’m too tired to get out of bed this morning, I’m watching a tv show, I just ate, I’m too tired!
And on and on. Blah blah blah. Excuses excuses. They never stopped being that, and these days when I’m thinking of working out I come up with a whole new slew of excuses. Then I squash them and keep it moving. So, how do I get my ass up (even at 8 in the AM sometimes… eewww)?
I remember why I even started in the first place. At the beginning of my rainbow (I say beginning because once I’ve lost weight it’ll be the end of my unhealthy lifestyle, and the beginning of my healthy lifestyle) is a brand spanking new, happy healthy me (in my first ever super cute leopard print bikini!).
I remember the things I could not do, that I can do now because I’ve stuck with it. I was never a runner and yet I’ve worked up to running 2 miles consecutively, sometimes at an 11 minute pace. I can feel a bit winded, and not quit halfway. I can fit back into my skinny jeans! I can put on an outfit and step out with a bit more confidence. I can run on the track with other people around me.
I can do whatever it is I am looking to do, simply by keeping with it. And you can say the same. What helps me most, is keeping a journal and writing it all down. Ask yourself:
Why am I doing this? What do I expect to get out of it?
What are my fears? What has stopped me in the past? How has that made me feel?
What have I accomplished? What do I hope to accomplish?
How will I deal with setbacks? What is my fall back plan?
What will be my motivating force? What goal will I keep in mind to stop myself from quitting?
It’s important to constantly remind yourself why you want it. If you need to beat yourself over the head with the reason, then do it. I keep a notebook, I have pictures on my wall, I have a motivating quote on my laptop desktop, I’ve made collages, I make alarms on my phone, I participate in multiple fitness/weight loss websites. It’s a lot but it makes me keep what I want in mind. I don’t let myself forget and personally, I think that’s the most important thing about keeping motivated.