I have a love-hate relationship with motivation.
Some days motivation makes me feel like I’m on top of the world…
Other days, it feels like it’s trying to hide from me.
The funny thing is, I used to think that motivation was something I could control.
When I first started working out, I would have days where I didn’t feel like going to the gym.
So I’d go on YouTube and watch workout videos of my fitness idols right before I went to the gym.
Or I’d go on Instagram and scroll through pictures in the #motivationalquotes feed.
Or I’d go on Google images and search for “inspirational quotes”.
These were things I used to do whenever I needed a quick motivational boost.
Not so well (which I’ll talk about in a second) but they got me going for sure.
Heck, it even got to the point where I started making my own motivational quotes.
So every Monday, I’d post my Motivational Monday quote of the day.
It would consist of a quote from some famous person, with a background image of something that would kinda relate to it.
Something like this:
They were nice. People liked them and thought they were much needed especially on Mondays.
But I stopped making them.
I stopped posting motivitional quotes because I realized something…
Well, two things actually:
- The motivational boost lasts for like… 5 seconds. You read the quote, say to yourself “damn, true that!”, and move on with your life like nothing happened. Instead of doing something and taking action, you’re still there sitting on your couch staring at your phone reading more #motivationalquotes.
- People don’t actually need more motivation in their lives.
Allow me to explain that second one.
There’s a big problem with motivation, and it kinda ties in to the first point:
Motivation doesn’t last.
Whether it’s a YouTube video, a movie, an inspirational quote, or seeing a friend’s transformation picture on Facebook, motivation gets us to start doing something.
But it never EVER keeps the momentum going.
That’s because the motivation tank relies mainly on will-power.
And our will-power, as you might already know, is very limited.
Some days we feel like we’re on top of the world, other days we don’t wanna do anything.
This is why a lot of New Year’s Resolutioners fall off the fitness wagon after January every single year.
Their motivation is through the roof right around the New Year, but unfortunately it fades away as time passes by.
Motivation is nothing but a jumpstart.
The things you do AFTER that jumpstart is what keeps you moving.
It’s the discipline you develop and the commitment you make that move the needle forward when motivation goes away.
Because here’s the thing: you can read all the inspirational quotes or watch every motivational video/movie in the world…
If you don’t put in the work, you won’t get too far.
So instead, there are 3 simple things you’ll want to do when you struggle with motivation.
Motivation Sucks. Do These 3 Things Instead.
These are things you can start implementing TODAY.
Here’s what you’ll want to do:
1. Restructure your environment.
Remember yesterday when I said motivation was unreliable?
Well, so is self-control.
That’s because our willpower is very limited.
It’s easier to say “screw it” than “just do it”.
That’s where restructuring your environment helps.
All that basically means is that you’ll make adjustments to your everyday life that will “force” you to take specific actions.
Here are some examples:
If you find yourself staying at home after work when you should be in the gym… bring workout clothes with you to work, then go straight to the gym afterwards BEFORE you go home.
If you find yourself hitting the snooze button in the morning without even realizing it… put your alarm across the room so you’re forced to get up.
If you find yourself getting distracted on the computer when you should be getting work done… use website-blocking software that locks you out of certain sites like Facebook.
If you find yourself overeating “domino foods” when you’re bored at home… throw away most of the junk that’s currently sitting in your fridge and pantry.
Better yet, minimize those purchases next time you go to the grocery store.
(Keyword here is minimize. Remember, there are benefits to eating your favorite foods. You just wanna make sure you’re not overdoing it.)
The takeaway here is basically to change what’s around you.
2. Make fitness part of your routine.
Let me tell you something most people don’t want to hear (and I’m telling you this because as you might know, I’m a very straightforward person):
If you wanna see real results, you have to make a commitment.
Fitness needs to be a part of your life.
Not just something you do on an every-now-and-then basis.
When fitness becomes something that’s important to you, there’s no more need for motivation.
You show up to the gym because it’s what you do.
You eat mostly whole nutrient-dense foods because it’s what you do.
You go out to eat and stay mindful of your caloric intake instead of being mindless about it because, you guessed it, it’s what you do.
Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that you should get obsessive.
Or that you need to go all-in and let it take over your life.
What I am saying is that you need to start prioritizing your fitness if you haven’t yet.
It needs to be in your list of top 5 priorities in life.
If it isn’t, you won’t make much progress.
Here’s what to do if you’re struggling to find time for the gym, for example: add your workouts to your calendar.
Treat them like you would with work.
Every week you know your work schedule, right? You know the exact days and times for when you have to show up, yes?
Do the same with your workouts.
Plan them ahead of time instead of going at it day-by-day.
If you have a fixed work schedule, this should be easy.
If your schedule is sporadic, plan your workouts on a weekly basis (like every Sunday).
3. Find someone you can be accountable to.
Get a personal trainer at your local gym.
Hire an online coach.
Bet your workout buddy $100 that you’ll hit the gym 4x/week for the rest of this month.
Whatever it is you choose to do, just find someone that you can be accountable to.
Someone you can call your accountabilibuddy.
(I wish I could take credit for making up that word, but I heard it from someone else and it’s stuck with me ever since lol).
This works even better when there’s something on the line, like money. When things are free, you don’t take it seriously.
Anyway, having someone you can be accountable to will change everything for you.
See, when you do things on your own, it’s very easy to just say “screw it”.
But not when someone else is involved.
Knowing that another person expects you to be better is a powerful motivator in and of itself.
Now, I know that finding someone you can hold yourself accountable to isn’t an easy thing to do…
And that hiring a personal trainer (online or in real life) might not fit your budget at the moment.
So that’s why I decided to create a private Facebook community for my Inner Circle group coaching program.
It was something I had exclusively for 1:1 coaching clients, but I noticed something…
I noticed that the main reason my clients were getting results wasn’t because of the workouts I had them doing, or the nutritional guidelines I was giving them…
BUT, the main reason they were getting results was because they had access to a coach.
A coach they could reach out to at any given moment and answer all the questions they had…
A coach who could take all the guesswork out of the equation…
…and most importantly, a coach they could hold themselves accountable to.
Ever since this realization, I knew I had to make myself more accessible.
Even to those who don’t necessarily need personalized fitness programs.
So that’s why the private Facebook group is one of the main components of the Inner Circle program.
Not only is it a place where you can hold yourself accountable to a coach, but also with like-minded people who are on the same journey as you.
The way I see it, it’s pretty much a foolproof way to get yourself going for those times when you need it most.
You know, when your motivation and willpower decide to ignore you.
But whether you’re a member of the Inner Circle or not, I implore you to find a community that you can be a part of or to find an accountabilibuddy.
Doing that alone will without a doubt speed up your results.
Your Action Steps
1. Restructure your environment.
2. Make fitness a part of your routine.
3. And find someone you can be accountable to.
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