With the new year comes a newfound desire to change the things you didn’t change in prior years. One of the big areas many people focus is on their fitness goals. They make a list, set workout goals, and begin the new year on a healthier foot. Here’s the problem with that. Sometimes they lose motivation because motivation is b*llshit and they quit. So what do you do when motivation leaves you and the goals are still there? We have some tips for you.
The dictionary defines motivation as, “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” When making goals it’s easy to have the overall desire and even willingness to workout more frequently or modify your eating. However, when you get to that first early morning when it’s time for a workout, the desire and willingness can quickly disappear. This can lead to that moment of deciding whether you really want to go to the gym or whether going back to bed would be the better option.
It’s really easy to give up on your fitness goals when you are doing them alone. On the flip side, it’s a lot harder to quit on yourself when you are accountable to someone. Find a friend who won’t cosign your excuses. Having someone who is working alongside you and pushing you on your harder days can make all of the difference. Partner with one or more accountability partners who can either work out with you or remind you of your why when motivation leaves you.
So how do you pick an accountability partner? Here are a few simple things to keep in mind.
Most of the time when people fail at reaching their fitness goals it is because they failed to plan. Take some time to build yourself a workout schedule that is realistic for your day to day life. Set up your Monday Strategy. This could mean that you build out a setlist for the gym or decide which days go with which workouts. It’s a great deal easier to stick to goals when the plan is already set in place. Motivation becomes a non-issue when you know you have already booked a class, agreed to workout with a friend, or committed to leg day.
Why are you doing this in the first place? Take motivation out of the equation for a minute and focus on the why behind your fitness goals. Are you trying to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your health? Why are you doing these things? Don’t just define your why though. Find a tangible way to remind yourself of your why. Having that tangible reminder may be just the push you need to keep working towards your fitness goals.
Sometimes motivation really is b*llshit but your motivation is not the boss of you. By replacing motivation with some of the above items you are deciding that motivation doesn’t control your goals or your success. You can do this and you may just need a new approach to it. Say goodbye to motivation you may not have today. Instead, replace it with perseverance, accountability, plans, and your why and you may see greater success!