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It’s quite an interesting word really.
We will often hear people talk about how to stay motivated when things get tough, or how to reignite a lost motivation and anything that is of a similar disposition, and while the intentions are good it is a sad truth that it rarely helps, if at all.
Talking a good game to achieve that instantaneous boots in moral is easy.
People can get a similar dopamine hit from merely talking about what they re going to do, in fact if you take the time to dig in to the science surrounding it you’ll find that the brain scans etc are almost indistinguishable in terms of response, meaning from a glance (without knowing exactly what to look for), you’d not see any really difference.
Same goes for the biochemical responses, to a degree.
That’s a rather fascinating little thing to know, however don’t take my word for it, please delve down that rabbit hole.
Anyway, back to motivation.
Aiming to sustain it, reignite it, or draw on some special reserve is largely a fruitless endeavour because it isn’t motivation that keeps us going, it’s resilience.
It is easy to see how people think it’s that people are highly motivated, however this not really how it works because you will find that the aforementioned is more akin to gasoline and added to the fire for that initial oomph in to action and after that you’re going to need something more substantial to keep that furnace going.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that ‘thing’ is to you because I’m not you.
For me it’s a simple case of enjoying the struggle and having go fight my way through a tough challenge because once I come out the other end of it all I will know a lot more about myself.
This is what sustains me through the resistances I meet when pursuing a goal.
It’s a conscience choice to keep moving forwards, that’s all.
If you can make yourself doing the thing you need to do, then in the end you’ll find what once seemed like an insurmountable task wasn’t really that bad, even if the struggle is real it’s better to embrace it every step of the way and just do what needs to be done, than it is to rely on bursts of motivation.
Of course this is only one perspective.
Having lofty goals can be a good thing, you’d be surprised that if you are to ask for the Moon how often once all was said and done it would be given to you.
Aim high, fight on, enjoy your motivation while it’s there just don’t rely on it and prepare for the struggle.
Once you come out the other end, it’ll all be worth it.
1 – Keep a food diary (write down everything that passes your lips, EVERYTHING).
This will give you some perspective and control over your self, if you’re willing to accept responsibility.
2 – Walk 30 minutes every day
Its good for the mind and the soul.
3 – Read more real books, you know of the paper variety
Spending less time in front of a screen has been said to help reduce stress, anxiety and other such modern day issues.
Ironic you jus tread that one via an online blog.
4 – Buy a Kettlebell(s)
Some people don’t like the gym, this little piece of kit is known for being a ‘gym in the palm of your hand’. Doing 20-45min a day of things such as Swings, Get Ups, Snatches, Presses, Carries, Loaded Stretches, Mobility or movement patterns. These will not only help change your body, it will help your mind as well.
5 – Ensure most, if not all of your meals are meat & veg
You’d be surprised what eating ‘whole foods’ will do for your health and your waistline.
6 – Each year aim to learn a new skill, or invest a good chunk of time in to mastering one
Perhaps you always wanted to learn a language, or how to paint, maybe it was knitting related, whatever it was set aside perhaps one or two hours or so a week to learning and acquiring this.
It’s not selfish to want time for yourself.
In the long run you’ll lead a much fuller life if you devote some time to adding strings to your body, not to mention it can are a great way to relieve stress.
1 – They make a plan based on a solid goal.
2 – They write practically everything down, good-bad-indifferent, they write note it all.
3 – They seek advice from people who’ve already achieved what they want.
4 – They make lifestyle & behaviour changes that best suit their goal.
5 – They ask for help when they need it.
6 – They don’t give up.
The above might seem like common sense and that’s because they are. The people who you admire for their success are doing the things that you’re not, it’s that simple.
If you want to make a body transformation or hit a specific goal you need to change your behaviour and your life so this becomes possible. You can always stay as you are, doing what you’re doing but realise that you won’t achieve anything other that what you already have.
Ask the question, take the chance, move forwards, always forwards.
Very few people like change, it’s uncomfortable, it’s hard but in the end it’s usually worth it.
Tweaking your nutrition can be hard, especially when it comes to knowing where to start if you find yourself working all the hours under the sun. Keeping this in mind here are two little tweaks that you can make that will help reduce excess calorie intake and start you on the right path.
1 – Buy more water to drink instead of smoothies, fizzy drinks or genera soft drinks.
2 – Swap your store bought sandwich for either meat from the deli and a bag of salad, or a pre-made one, you’ll find them under the sandwiches.
These will start to get you in the habit of making better choices for eating. You’ll also start to feel better as well.
Remember you can always have a little of what you enjoy, just don’t eat it in excess, unless you don’t mind the excess calories the goes with it as well.