There are a few different facets to this debacle we often find ourselves in…trying to figure out how to motivate yourself to workout. What I am going to show you in this article is how your mindset makes all the difference and how your goals are slowing you down. I wont just leave you hangin though – I gots a few tickets for a ride on the solution train for you and trying to figure out how to motivate yourself to workout will be an issue of times past!
…I am so sorry…that was the most ridiculous comment I have ever made (solution train??? lol) – But I’ll leave it!
A lot of people think that you NEED motivation in order to workout. I am going to be pretty blunt with you here and tell you that motivation is a crock!
As I have progressed in my fitness journey I have experienced all the ups and all the downs over the past 3 years… I lost 60lbs, gained 1olbs while bulking, then got super ripped with P90X2…Then tried my hand at bulking again and gained 20lbs (NOT COOL!). I have fallen off the wagon, missed weeks worth of workouts…gotten BACK on track and gotten re-ripped… Serious, I know what a roller coaster ride life and your health/fitness can be.
What I have come to learn is that motivation is just an excuse we use to NOT do what we know we should be doing. We wake up bright and early and we just dont feel “motivated” enough to not hit that snooze button. You are at a birthday party and you just dont have enough “motivation” to resist that pizza and cake. Motivation schmotivation!
Motivation has NOTHING to do with it. Its a matter of priorities! We prioritize the things that are important to us in every aspect of our lives. If you actually are serious about reaching your goals, then you will prioritize the activities that promote the result you want! Some people want it more than others, hence the different degrees of stick-to-itiveness.
okay…so if “motivation” is just a myth then the question still remains and your doomed, right?
“So how are you supposed to motivate yourself to workout?”
The secret lies within your MIND and getting BEYOND just your “goal”…
auto-suggestion: the hypnotic or subconscious adoption of an idea that one has originated oneself, e.g. through repetition of verbal statements to oneself in order to change behavior
Here is what I have done in the past. I hate waking up early and I know that I have to “just DO IT”. So before I go to sleep I repeat to myself OUT LOUD “just DO IT”, 50 times. Sounds crazy right? No, literally…you will sound crazy to anyone that hears you, lol…But it WORKS! When that alarm goes off, guess what phrase is ringing in my mind!
You can do this with ANY goal and its incredibly effective! Give it a try and dont hate.
Here’s what I discovered about goals. Doesn’t make me an expert, but it’s been my experience that unless you have HUGE EMOTIONAL REASONS behind those goals that drive you to the point of OBSESSION…there’s practically no chance you’ll actually achieve it.
WHY you want to reach your goal is just as important as the goal itself. I would go farther and say that its MORE important. And this is the missing link for many of you reading this now. For years I wrote down my goals, how to achieve them … and I almost never hit them. Heck, I didn’t even come close. Remember…I failed P90X 7 times. For me, goal setting and thinking about my goals turned into a depressing activity. Instead of adding fuel to my “motivation”, it turned me into a negative Nancy, thinking about all these times I wrote down my goals and didn’t achieve them.
Try determining your “why” and your emotionally backed reasons for wanting to reach your goal by using the “so that” method.
How to Motivate Yourself to Workout is irrelevant when you start practicing these two tips! If you want double rainbow-style motivation…try coupling your “WHY” with the power of auto-suggestion! You will soon find your priorities aligning with your goals and the idea of motivation will be a result of SEEING RESULTS!
Now its time to BRING IT and inspire others to do the same!