So many people write in and ask questions about motivation. "How do you get motivated to work out?" or "I've lost all motivation and can't seem to make it to the gym" are two I get A LOT.
Here's the big secret: you're not lacking motivation, you're lacking self-discipline. Before anyone starts feeling attacked, let me explain.
Motivation is the reason behind why you're doing something. It's your "why". To find motivation, ask yourself why you want to be fit, lose weight, or any other health goal you may have. Do you want to get rid of pain caused by being overweight or unfit? Is it to have energy to keep up with your kids and grandkids? How about general health complications? Or low self-esteem? Whatever your reason, that IS your motivation!
However, self-discipline is getting something done that needs to be done (even if you don't feel like it). Lucky for most, self-discipline is a skill that can be learned and improved.
Here are some tips to improve your self-discipline:
1) Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Not only does this train your body to get on a schedule, but you'll get more accomplished during the day as well as not having to retrain your body to get up early on Monday mornings to wake up and get ready to work out.
2) Make your bed in the morning. This small act can do wonders in creating self-discipline first thing in the morning.
3) Set firm "appointments" for working out and stick to them. Treat these "appointments" as seriously as you would for a meeting with a client or your boss. Don't give yourself excuses or options. It's an appointment you've set for yourself, honor it.
4) Remove temptations or potential hurdles. While you're trying to improve your self-discipline, removing temptations (as much as possible) will help you to stay on track and avoid the "failure cycle" (more on that in a minute).
5) Forgive yourself and get back on track. In #4, I mentioned the "failure cycle". This is where you start out strong with goals and then something pops up and you're thrown off track. This is where many people are absolutely distraught and start to think they're failures and they give up. Be kind to yourself, believe in yourself and know that you have the inner strength to reach whatever goals you have. Self-discipline is not about perfection, it's about perseverance.
So the next time you're thinking you don't have the motivation to reach your goals, think again. Refocus on your self-discipline and keep the ball rolling.