Motivation alone is a bunch of BULL****! Yeah, I said it and I am not sorry about. Now, I know that I may have hurt the feelings of the Instagram influencers, but it is important to know that the importance and downfalls of using motivation alone when working towards your goals.
Let us paint a little picture. It is December. The stockings are hung, the lights are strung and you are getting ready to sit down for Christmas dinner with your friends and family. The topic of New Year’s resolutions gets brought up. You friend wants to read more, your spouse wants to travel more, and you think to yourself, “I want to get back in shape.” While all are great goals, all of you are waiting for a specific date to start working towards things you really want; thinking that once the clock strikes midnight, it is now time to start. Now, there is nothing wrong with using motivation to get started but what these individuals lack is a true connection and true WHY to what they want to accomplish. This is why so many people fall short on their New Year’s resolutions.
Since this is a fitness blog, let us take a look at motivation when achieving your fitness and health goals. I have been working out since I was 15 years old. I love fitness. I love working out. But being a fitness lover I am, how many days a week do you honestly think that I want to workout? If your guess is every day, you are dead wrong. I probably want to only workout once, maybe twice a week. So, you’re probably wondering how I keep myself disciplined on the days that I don’t have motivation to workout. The answer is simple. I do not workout for pure aesthetic reasons. I am constantly chasing health and the aesthetics will come as a result of that. The great thing about this is that as I begin to see positive changes in my physique, I am simultaneously obtaining healthy habits and lifestyle.
There are many strategies to accomplish your goals but by far, the one that has proved to be the most effect for myself and my clients is chasing health rather than aesthetics. This will allow you to get your butt into the gym, make proper food choices, and get to bed early when you simply don’t want to. This will help build consistency and consistency is king when it comes to achieving your goals.
Motivation alone is not enough to achieve noticeable change. Motivation, like happiness, sadness, and anger, is just an emotion and can come and go as time passes. Finding a true connection to what you are doing and why you are doing it is far more powerful.