Without further ado, here is the followup to my post about motivation. While yesterday I merely told you how important motivation is, today I’m going to teach you how to get motivated. Excited? You should be, because your entire world is about to be flipped-turned upside down. Let’s get started.
So what is motivation? If we can’t even define motivation, how the hell can we expect to get motivated to lose weight? Fear not my friends, for I have all the answers. Google defines motivation as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.”
The important part of that definition is the word reason. Motivation is the reason for doing something. So what’s your reason?
I’ll be honest. The reason doesn’t even matter. For me, there was a bunch of reasons. I wanted to lose weight so I could get a six pack. I wanted to lose weight so I could run faster. I wanted to lose weight so I would be more attractive to the opposite sex. Whatever your reason is, write it down. On a piece of paper. Now. You’re gonna want to keep this little piece of paper on you at all times. In your wallet, purse, whatever.
If you ever feel like you’re slipping back into old habits, I want you to pull that goddamned piece of paper out and read aloud whatever it is you wrote down. Then think to yourself “What’s more important, my goals of weight loss, or this delicious bowl of chocolate chip ice cream?” Hopefully you’ll make the right choice.
If you asked me how to get motivated a year ago, I’d tell you the piece of paper trick was all you needed. Delete the motivation talks on your phone, forget all the other tips and tricks you’d learned, cause this paper trick is the bees knees. Luckily I’ve come a long way in that year, and had to learn the hard way that no, the paper trick should really only be used as a last resort. If you’re about to totally screw up, then yeah it may be your best bet. But I’ve found there are a number of other ways to cultivate motivation on a deeper level.
Sleep. Energy. Happiness. Three completely different topics, right? Yet all somehow related. How? Bear with me here because this might get a little crazy. Okay so when you get more sleep, you feel more energetic, right? And if you have more energy, you tend to feel happier, right? Right. Oh shit, that was actually really easy to explain. Nevermind.
Studies have shown that people who are happier, who also have more energy, who are also getting more sleep, have higher motivation levels! Who’da thunk it? It almost seems counterintuitive, because if you sleep more then surely that’s another hour or two you could have spent working out. But you wouldn’t. You’d be sitting on the couch watching TV or whatever it is people do after work.
So get more sleep, wake up with more energy, live your life with more happiness, and you will have higher levels of motivation. THAT’S how to get motivated.
And not only that, being happier is good simply because you’re happier, yknow?
This is a kind of side note, but motivation should never be a negative force. If you’re feeling pressure to do something but in a negative way, then that’s not motivation. Negativity is never how to get motivated. Positivity is how to get motivated. So let the positive forces of life drift around you like the cool calm winds of freedom… Or something.
I was originally going to end here, and simply say “that’s how to get motivated, now go off and put it into practice”, but decided there was more to say.
If I’m ever sitting at the computer and I can’t really be bothered getting up and going for a run, I watch one of these videos and BAM, I get this instant burst of motivation.
So there, that’s how to get motivated. But being motivated isn’t enough. Hell it’s nearly enough, but you still need a proper workout routine and diet to stick to. Well I haven’t written up a workout routine yet, and I don’t really have a diet you can follow either, other than my 7 healthy foods. Sorry about that.
In the meantime, Fat Loss Factor will have to do. It’s a collection of eBooks and videos that teach you the ins and outs of food, exercise, and just healthy lifestyle in general. If you’re ready to check it out, do so by clicking here. If not, keep an eye out for my next post!