“I’m just not as motivated as I used to be. How do I get myself back on the grind and motivated again?”
This is something that my clients and other people come to me about quite often. They tell me they lost motivation all together, they’re in this really weird funk and feel lost because they aren’t in the same groove, and they don’t know how to get back to where they were.
We all lose motivation, even I do. I get lazy, I create excuses, and allow my laziness to overpower my mind and become side-tracked from my goals. I become moody and frustrated with myself and let that get in the way of my goals. It is a self agonizing cycle. But our passion, drive, and dedication doesn’t just go away. We started this journey for a reason and we need to remind ourselves of that.
The one thing I always say is “remember why you started.” Bring yourself back to day one: Why did you choose this lifestyle? Why did you choose to make a change? What are your long term goals?
Here are a few things that I like to do that helps me become motivated again:
Write down your short term and long term goals. Writing down things really helps you get out all of your thoughts. I especially like writing down my short term goals even if they’re like: drink one gallon of water each day this week or go to the gym at least three times this week. And then accomplishing those small goals, will get you motivated to keep pushing towards those long term goals.
Find someone who will hold you accountable. Find yourself a friend that will hold you accountable to everything. I have my friends that I text daily about my goals, or if I want to eat something unhealthy when I am trying to eat healthy, or if I don’t want to go to the gym, they’ll push me to go. (aka Ariana…who calls me at 6 am to go to the gym with her…absolute psycho but I luv her.) But having those people push you will keep you motivated.
Seek inspiration. Find blogs (cough cough The Balanced Donut), find inspirational speeches, find your inspiration through your favorite fitspos. Inspiration will keep you mind alive and running with new ideas and goals.
Switch up your training routine and nutrition. Switching things up will help with boredom, it’ll trick your mind, and you muscles. You won’t be dreading the same workouts you’ve been doing for the past three months and you won’t be bored from eating the same foods constantly.
And always remember why you started. You have the power to change your mind and your life. If you continue to have negative thoughts and don’t have the want or need to try to become motivated again, then you fail. Harsh, but true. The ones who success, persevere and continue to push through. Remember why you started.
Just like Ryan Gosling says… “Hey girl… YOU GOT THIS!”