Ok, so we are 9 days in to the whole, “New year, new me” thing. How is everyone doing? How is your commitment after a week and a half? Hopefully all, or most, of you are still going full steam ahead towards your goals. For those who may have already hit a bump in the road or are struggling a bit, here Is some quick advice for you! To those of you who are still on track, take a look, too. It’s a short read and it may help you when you start to fizzle out.
How do we get, and stay, motivated to eat well and work out?
Motivation is mandatory, right? If you want to get fit or transform your body, you need the proper motivation to get to the gym and make good choices in the gym. Motivation, to many, may look something like this:
motivation → action (i.e., motivation comes first, and that leads to action) → some results, maybe, if I am lucky, but probably not, so why even start, I’m not motivated anymore….
More often than not, what it needs to look like is this:
ACTION → results → motivation → more action …
Oftentimes action MUST precede motivation. Successful people know this, and it’s why they act — especially when they’re void of motivation. (“Results” don’t have to be dramatic, like losing 10 pounds. With working out, for example, it could be learning a new exercise, doing a little better than the previous workout, moving and feeling better, etc.)
Consistent action produces results. That is what leads to motivation, which generates more action, which leads to greater motivation. It’s a powerful force once set into motion.
Regardless of what you want to achieve – be it fat loss, getting stronger, or something completely unrelated to health and fitness – the solution is obvious: act now.
Do something, ANYTHING, that will lead you to your goal; do it today, especially if you don’t feel like it. The results you achieve from taking action will likely evoke the motivation you crave.
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