I wanted to change up the tone of this post a little bit and transition from the tactical aspects of fitness to something a little more abstract. It’s something that I put a lot of my energy and attention into, and something that I believe is extremely important when in the pursuit of any goal. When attempting to achieve anything in life, I think the number one thing that hangs people up is loss of motivation. Now, I think it’s important to break this down because there a few things at play when we talk about lack of motivation.
When in pursuit of any goal, I think clarity is crucial. If you don’t know EXACTLY what you’re going after and what it is you want, you will have a hard time ever getting there. If you don’t take time to envision the future you want to create for yourself, you will be running in circles, going through life without any sort of direction, and eventually end up in the same place you’ve always been. Everybody has moments of inspiration where they imagine amazing things for their future. What we need to do in those times of inspiration is expand upon them, and take time to sit down and write out exactly what we want and where we want to go. To expand even further, you need to take some sort of action right then and there, that will move you one step closer to that goal. In the words of Napoleon Hill: “Most ideas are stillborn, and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action.” When you have those moments of inspiration, make sure you give those dreams a fighting chance by immediately doing something to move you closer to accomplishing them.
Okay so now we’ve gotten clear on exactly where we want to be. We sat down, thought it out, and wrote out all the details of the future we want to create. Now what? The second reason people fail to continually have motivation is because once they get clear about where they want to go, they just stuff that piece of paper in a drawer and don’t look at it again until 6 months down the road. The key to CONSISTENT motivation is to constantly keep that goal and vision in front of you where you can see it. Your mind is an absolutely incredible machine and can get you whatever it is you want in life, but you need to have absolute focus on that one objective. We live in an ADHD society where our attention is constantly being pulled in a million different directions. There are so many different media channels that we have a hard time keeping up with everything that’s being put out. Our brain is only efficient when focusing on about two or three main tasks. When we are constantly bombarding it with new information, our brains can’t decide what to focus on and therefore we lose the ability to use our full potential in getting to where we want to go.
It’s so so so important to write your goals down on a DAILY basis and constantly have them in places you can see. You need to keep your goals top of mind at all hours of the day.
Keep guard of your mind and the things that you give your attention to. It’s absolutely amazing what happens when your thoughts are completely consumed with one sole purpose. You gain a level of creativity and clarity that is almost incomparable at any other time. You feel a sense of direction as your inner intuition is working to guide you towards your objective. This is why it’s so important to always have your goals handy and write them down.
1) Prioritizing Your Health
Your energy and your physiology play a big part in your overall motivation. Let’s face it, nobody has any motivation when they’re dead beat tired and all they can think about it sleep. We feel most motivated when we are energized and feeling good.
Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are you eating a bunch of junk food every day? Are you exercising regularly or are you laying around watching tv in your spare time? All of these things are going to play a big factor in how you feel and ultimately your level of motivation on a consistent basis.
So this is the point where you need to get serious with yourself. Is it worth it to eliminate some of these behaviors in order to live the life you’ve always dreamed of? Is it worth it to add these small disciplines to your daily life to create amazing changes in your results? Only you can answer this question. As the saying goes, there are only two pains in this world: the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline is temporary, the pain of regret lasts forever. It’s up to you to create the life of your dreams. All you have to do is take the first step.