May 22, 2018
Who can be bothered. Finding your motivation when motivation is nowhere to be found.
Winter has finally hit and it is cold. I struggle to get out of bed and stay out of bed when the cool change arrives. Even as a trainer, I know too well how hard it can be to find motivation at the best of times, let alone when it freezes over.
Here are my top five tips to help tame your procrastination and tap into motivation:
Know your why and set attainable goals based around that why. It is easy to set goals, but when you understand why you want to do something and then create goals based upon that why, it makes it easier to adhere to that goal. So you want to lose weight, why? Because you want to fit into your clothes, feel healthy, keep up with the kids and feel good about yourself. Now you can create your goals around these whys. If you don’t know why you want to lose weight, you’re not going to have much of a chance sticking to your goals. Excuses and obstacles will pop up all over the place.
Create lists. It may seem silly. But if you are a busy person, or struggle to find motivation, seeing everything that you need to do on a list can be a motivating factor into directing your energy towards where it needs to go. Besides, there is a feeling of accomplishment in crossing things off a list and earning that deserved break at the end of the day. Not only does getting everything on your list ticked off become a feel good factor, but you will sleep better and wake up fresh as you know that everything you have done, has been done and you can embrace the new day.
Know yourself. If you are a morning person and you aim to do things in the evening, don’t be surprised when you stall on those things. It is the same principle for night owls – if you set your alarm to get up early and conquer the morning, then hit snooze on your alarm five times. You are setting yourself up for failure, not to mention a mental state of not feeling too fond of yourself. Knowing yourself and tailoring your days, workouts and life around that is key to your success. Start small, when do you perform best, morning or evening?
Routines are boring, yes, but they get the job done. Setting up a routine for your sleep, health, eating and working out is also key to motivation. Try to workout at the same time every day, that way it becomes harder to miss your workouts. Make sure you eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time too. When you don’t eat, you get hungry, your energy levels drop and you can become emotional. Combine that with not enough sleep and you have a recipe for skipping workouts, over eating (when you do eat) and a sluggish metabolism that craves sugar in order to compensate for being tired. When you take care of your health, you have energy for other things, like keeping aligned to your why.
Which brings us to the final tip. Take action and don’t self-sabotage. If you know that doing something, or putting something off will only lead you to skipping the workout, or over indulging. Don’t do it. If you already know the outcome of something you are going to do, then don’t do it. If you know you struggle to stop at one after work drink, then have something non-alcoholic, or skip it all together. If you know that having a late night means you won’t go to the gym in the morning, then get to bed earlier. If you know that socialising with certain friends always leads you to doing things you otherwise wouldn’t be doing, then opt out or find a healthier circle of friends.
Take care of yourself and honour your own goals. By knowing yourself, knowing your why and setting goals, as well as creating a rigid health routine, you can avoid self-sabotage and channel that motivation that lies within. Changing something within or about your daily life can be overwhelming, start small with little steps, aim to add each week and you will be well on your way.
Keep warm and motivated,