9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

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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first day for my new lifestyle, and i sure hope this works! Report
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These "wow" factors are great, but there are many of us that have experienced these "factors" many times, yet still gained weight back, over and over again. No matter how great the "wow's" were....there is still a lot more at work that causes people to lose motivation, and "experts" still haven't found exactly what. Report
Yesterday I wore a dress to dinner that I have had for 2 years and never could fit into. I loved it and could not get rid of it. I think motivation is everything. When I started this journey 5 years ago, I wanted to sit on the floor and play with my 1 year old granddaughter. 3 weeks ago, I played on the floor, swang on the swing, played freeze tag, and walked to the to the city park with my 6 yr old granddaughter. It was awesome, but as good as that felt, it feels better to know that I am doing this for me. Somewhere along this journey, I went from external to internal motivation and that makes this a lifelong adventure! Report
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. Report


About The Author

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