“I don’t know why I’m being so lazy”.
“I just don’t have it in me to go to the gym again today”.
“This is so hard. I don’t know if I can do it”.
“I just don’t have any motivation”.
Motivation is a tricky thing. When you have it, you feel like you can move mountains. You find yourself accomplishing all kinds of things. When you don’t have it, there’s nothing that can move you to do the very thing you want to do, but just don’t have the the wherewithall to get it done.
When I looked up the definition of motivation, here’s what I found:
Motivation: a force or influence that causes someone to do something, a motivating force, stimulus, or influence
When I consider the above statements (things I have said to myself on numerous occasions) and the definition of motivation, I am clued in on the fact that motivation is not something you get once and it stays with you always. I wish that were the case. Motivation is something you have to create and initiate within yourself over and over and over again. In fact motivation is something you must choose daily!
So, how do you create daily motivation? How do you light a fire under your butt each and every day to keep yourself moving in the direction of you goals? So glad you asked!
Following are 11 ideas to get your juices flowing on how to create your own daily motivation for weight loss success:
- Read motivational books, articles and blogs.
- Create a playlist of inspirational music of songs that get you up and moving.
- Set aside time daily to do some “purposeful daydreaming” and visualize yourself at your finish line.
- Create a vision board and post it where you can see it daily.
- Listen to podcasts related to health, wellness and weight loss.
- Establish a morning routine that allows you to take control of your day before it takes control over you.
- Write out loud. Journal your goals, dreams, challenges, and obstacles and devise a written plan for reaching and overcoming them.
- Create and read daily your “reasons why” you want to accomplish this goal.
- Talk to yourself (it’s really okay to do so). Write out affirmations to reprogram your thinking and beliefs you have about yourself and read them daily.
- Post a Quote. In fact post several around the house, in the bathroom and on your desk to keep you inspired.
- Help others. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to teach and help others.
Your Turn To Share
What are some things you do to motivate yourself to take action specifically when you “don’t feel like it”?