Staying Motivated

Posted: September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Hello readers and welcome. Apologies for the delay in updates, life has been so hectic recently and I have been finding it difficult to balance everything. But I have devised a plan that should help keep me on track. I will be sharing this with you guys on another blog post. I think I will call it “Finding a balance” as we can all relate to that. Plus I feel everything in life is a balance. Anyway, back to the topic LOL.

I’ve had a number of requests to write a blog on staying motivated and it’s ironic as I was actually looking to do one for you guys.

Staying motivated…What does staying motivated even mean? Staying motivated is what helps you get up at 5.30am in the morning to do cardio when your tired but you do it because you set yourself a goal 4 weeks ago to get ripped! Staying motivated is studying at 11pm on a Saturday night when your friends are out drinking and having fun because you are chasing that degree! Staying motivated is pushing through when you really can’t be bothered any more! These are just examples, but what does the word motivation even mean, let’s take a look.

Definition

1) The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

2) The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

So if we look at example one, it’s the reasoning behind your action! You need to ask yourself, why are you doing this? Why are you waking up at 5.30 am to do cardio when you could be sleeping for another hour? Why are you studying Saturday night when you could be out partying? What is your reason for this? I feel digging deep inside your heart and asking yourself these simple yet powerful questions is essential for you to find out why you are motivated!

Looking at example 2, you can see without desire, staying motivated isn’t going to be easy. But then there’s also willingness. The willingness of what though?

The willingness to make a sacrifice! The willingness to put in an unlimited amount of work and effort for reaching that destination!

Because let’s face it, if you want to be successful, you have to make sacrifices. And to make sacrifices, you have to be motivated! Can you see the pattern here?

I’m a human being like the rest of you and let’s face it; it’s not easy to stay motivated all the time. But you need to remember your goal that you set yourself January the 1st 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 etc.

I use that as an example because that’s one of the periods we all set goals and come March you think to yourself, what goal? Why is that? Because you lost motivation!

So that brings me to my next topic.

How to stay motivated?

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As mentioned above, it’s remembering the goal you set yourself. But you might be in a position like I have been in far too many times, where I remember the goal and have it in mind but still lack the motivation. Now it could be anything, from saving money to getting in shape. It could be that you want to start a new book and read a chapter every night. You might want to stop smoking but find the addiction unbearable. It could anything! Motivation is the driving force behind all of the above.

So let’s look at a few ways to stay motivated and some of the principles I adopt to in my everyday life.

1) Writing down your goals – I find that writing down your goals on a piece of paper and putting them somewhere visible is a powerful first step. Why? Because you can see them all the time! It’s that simple! Constantly seeing them is a constant reminder that you have set yourself a goal that you are trying to accomplish.

2) Pictures – You girls that say you want that J-Lo butt or you guys that want the Arnold biceps and ripped 6 pack abs! Get pictures of them and put them on your wall! Visualisation is a powerful tool! It all connects with Law of attraction – We will cover Law of attraction real soon!

3) Tell people – I find that telling people my goals whether it be family, friends or you good readers is a power technique. Why? Simply because I don’t want in 3 months time, you ask me how I’m getting along and I reply “I fell off”. Not a good look!

4) What you do today will help your tomorrow – Think about it, so simple yet so powerful! What you do today, will affect your tomorrow – I’ll let you sit and think on that! Food for thought!

5) Knowing that a year from now if I stay motivated, I will become a better me! Knowing that if YOU stay motivated, a year from now, YOU will become a better you!

6) Knowing that by staying motivated, I’m also motivating others around me! Say you and your partner both smoke. By you stopping, that might motivate them to also stop. We are all energy and we work of each others energies! Deep right!

7) The psychological factor – How great would it feel knowing in your mind that you set a goal and was actually motivated enough to stick to it. This is good mentally, physically and spiritually.

8) Others commending you – The amount of respect you get pushing through all the mental barriers of achieving your goals and staying motivated! As humans we like attention (some even love it lol) And having others respect you (a form of attention) means a lot to us! Another one to dwell on.

9) Knowing that you are better than you was yesterday! And that tomorrow you will be better than you are today!

10) The end goal itself – Looking in the mirror at that J-Lo butt or your Arnold biceps! That 4 year degree you been studying for! That 50k job you work so hard to get to! A healthier fitter you!

Wrap it up

So you see, staying motivated is possible proving you are willing to work at it. And like anything in life whether it be a relationship, studying, sculpting your body or even gaining self confidence, you have to be willing to work at it.

I do hope this blog finds someone who needs it most at a point in their life where they are lacking motivation, because I have been there and I know how it feels. It isn’t nice!

Like everything I do, this is coming straight from the heart and I hope I help at least one person stay motivated and achieve their goals today!

*Stay Blessed*

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