2011/09/16

Daily tip #13| Motivation

Being motivated is sometimes.. Hard. I won't lie, I think about having a drink, or eating a pie, maybe not doing this one work out, just today, just this one time. A lack of motivation can sometimes ruin us, whether it be studying for a test, or working out.. But as everyday, I have some tips for you.


Have a goal: From my own experience, I think I used to get pretty lazy at times because I was trying to do too much in too little time. Set a reasonable goal. You cannot maintain your energy and focus on everything, you'll run out, and fall. Just stick to it completely. Nothing else.


Find a good reason to keep going: To keep going properly, you not only need a goal, you need a reason to achieve that goal. Whether it is a simple, or a huge goal, you need a good reason. A good reason can be: A material reward, it can be money you set back until you reach the goal, or, a snack (yeah, but just one.).



Make a different approach: This one thing might just not be working out for you. Every body is different, every body trains different, you have to find what works out better for you. Although I do not recommend changing workouts before 2-3 months have passed. You can't see a workouts effect in two or three weeks.



Note your progress: While you should be having notes of your progress anyways, you can use them for motivation. Even if you just started out - look at it, you've made the first step. Now, if you give up, you'll have to make the first step again, while you could have been on the second already..


Get excited about your goal: This sounds kind of stupid, right? But you should. Even if at first it would feel a little fake, you have to realise that you're doing something for the better you.



Build up anticipation until the event: Post-poning doesn't sound too good of a tip, but it really works. You set a goal. Do not start today. Start tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, okay, next week, but not later!


Think about it everyday: You should think about the goal you're trying to achieve everyday, it will stay on your mind, and you will continue wanting more, even if it's a small goal, small steps lead to revolution, or in this case, the better you.


Dream about it: We all dream, why not make dreaming useful? You could dream about you already having accomplished your goal, about the reward you'll get, about all the compliments, maybe some more respect. You should remember not to dream all day though, you need to start with small goals.


Make negative thoughts positive: It's a long ride to the gym.. Well, you're going to be riding, that's some cardio, you're going to go to the gym, that's going to help you even more. You should always try to see the good of things, this applies to life too. You have to study, which is boring and hard? You'll get a degree and money!




These are, in my opinion some good tips which I've been using, I'm sure these can help you get off that chair of yours!

20 comments:

DocStout said...

Just stopped by to have a quick look, awesome layout on your site. Keep up the good work!

animestan said...

It definitely is better to have a goal to for towards, even a few short-term goals will help you in the long run.

Hasidic Plumber said...

I have found that's better to have a lot of short term goals. I mean attainable goals. That way you see the progress and feel like you are achieving something. If you say "i want to lose 20 pounds by january" it's likely that you will stop excercising before.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Motivation is probably the most important thing when it comes to getting into shape. Without a spark there can be no fire.

Heaven. said...

Great tips! I have trouble with this sometimes.

Dylanthulhu said...

I agree with Hasidic Plumber. It's more realistic and workable to say "I want to lose five pounds by the end of the month." Then maybe bump it up to seven the next month, etc. than to set one long-term goal. Small strokes fell big oaks.

Ruth said...

This article is brilliant! I totally need to motivate myself again - I started September with loads of good intentions which have now sadly started to crumble. Thanks!

the Wolf Shepard said...

Your site looks great and great tip today too. Thanks!

George Anderson said...

Thanks for the tips!

Natural One said...

Goals are a great way to stay motivated

Jay said...

goo tip. :)

NutriSystem Weightloss Journey said...

Great Tips!

Milky said...

Thanks for this post! I really needed something like this to motivate me (:

Astaroth said...

motivation in humans a a very interesting topic. lots of factors are involved, but i think you captured the gist of them :)

Film Geek Bastard said...

This is a very useful post for me. I get lazy sometimes (all right, OFTEN).

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

I'm having trouble wanting it enough. When I was in shape is mainly so I would look hot for women, and now I have a girlfriend so it's like I already win.

Jazz bazooka said...

you have to have motivation, and sometimes you just have to hold your balls and just do what you have to

my day in a sentence said...

I think the motivation is often the main reason people fail at being fit! :S

Gizmo said...

Motivation is probably the only thing you need to achieve your goals.

Max Power said...

lack of motivation is my problem, but I am starting to get back into it!

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