I have been a bit lax these past few days. Partly due to a virus, partly due to just plain lack of motivation.
I have been trying to gather images to create a motivational poster for myself, without much luck. I started to question "what would really motivate me?". Most of the "images" out there (main stream magazines) are of very young, very fit, women. Women at a level of fitness and beauty that I could NEVER attain.
Therefore their images actually De-Motivate me. I am one of those people who will give up if the task seems too difficult. I am not proud of it, but I am realistic about it.
So, what is my solution? I finally figured out that I need to look for images of more average people doing the things that I want to do and/or I want to get better at. Miss super fit and fabulous 20 year old in her lycra jogging suit just wont do. I need the average woman jogging through the park. No "Fitspro" super body builder, but rather an image of an average weight room, or maybe just the weights themselves.
Knowing what works for YOU personally is the key here. What moves me may not move you, what moves you may be too daunting for me cope with.
It comes back to those SMART goals. I need to believe I can achieve the goals I set for myself. My motivational board today does not need to represent the "perfect" me, it just needs to show me who I can realistically become with a little honest, consistent effort. Once I become that person, I can "re-set" my board to the next level if I so choose.
If you are one of those people with the gift of tenacity, the ability to visualize the long term goal and keep pushing until you get there...then bless you and more power to you. However, I suspect that most of the people reading this are a bit more like me. We have our "super days", but more often then not we have doubts and fears and we get overwhelmed when the task is too big, the result is too far off...
So, while I am NOT recommending a "mediocre board", I am suggesting a sort of "stepping stone" board. One that shows delicious, healthy foods,
fun activities that we can do now,
and want to get better at. Success stories of people at our age who started around our current fitness level, and how they got to their "better place".
I am revising my search for images for my board and renewing my resolve to get it done. It doesn't have to be perfect (after all, I'm not!). It just needs to remind me that I can be a little better tomorrow then I am today, and the reasons why I care if I get better or not.