You can WANT to do the things you know you need to in order to achieve your goals, but that doesn’t mean you’re always going to FEEL like it. Some days you might spring out of bed and be excited to get your workout done, and some days the draw of the warm cozy bed is just too strong. You can remind yourself of WHY you set your goals. You can enlist your spouse or friend to kick your butt. You can plaster motivational memes like the ones at the top of this post all over your house. And those mental tricks do help. Some days they will be enough. But some days it’s going to be HARD. Hard to do your workout, hard to choose the right foods, hard to sit down and get your work done…HARD.
Some days I will give myself a break and allow the lack of motivation to win. Sometimes my brain and body need the break. But. BIG but. Are you really needing a break or are you just kind of blah and making excuses? If you take a break today, what happens tomorrow? Is it REALLY a rest day, or are you on the edge of a slippery slope of falling back away from your goals? If I’m being absolutely honest with myself, I can usually tell the difference between truly needing a break and just not feeling like it.
It’s THOSE moments that make the difference in actually achieving your goals, instead of repeating the cycle of try-succeed a bit-fail-try again-succeed a bit-fail. Motivation will absolutely come in waves, it will ebb and flow and some days it will be hard. THOSE are days you need to focus and DO IT ANYWAY.
The 5 Second Rule that I’ve posted about before can be one way you push through and do it anyway. This magic little technique from Mel Robbins actually works. You count backwards 5-4-3-2-1 and take action – get out of bed, get your workout gear on, sit down at your computer and open the document, make the healthy meal…just TAKE ACTION.
And for pretty much anything, if you just manage to push through and GET STARTED, the motivation will come. A run, a workout, some writing work I’ve been putting off…if I can actually START, I will keep going. It’s the starting that’s hard. Use the 5 Second Rule to help take that massive first step. If you can take that first moment of action, you can keep going.
Motivation is hard. But instead of thinking “I’m just not motivated,” as if taking the action towards your goal is OPTIONAL, don’t give yourself the option. Just make a mental note that yes, today was harder, but not taking the action towards your goal is NOT an option. Make it a RULE. Make it non-negotiable, make it simply something you DO.
Some days will be harder than others, but just keep doing it. Consistency and persistency are what will get you there. You’ve got this.