Struggling with motivation? Here’s the little know strategy you can employ right now to find it again.
This week I have spoken to several people who have told me that their motivation to work out was rock bottom.
Does this sound like you?
“How can I motivate myself during this horrendous time?”
“I haven’t worked out in a week”
“I have been letting lockdown control me”
And several others that were – frankly – deeply emotional insights into how you guys speak to yourselves on the daily… You ain’t nice.
Motivation is fickle and is never around when you need it. Since we’ve been out of the gym, it’s dropped off. For some of you, it’s down to almost zero.
Not totally zero though, because you’re still responding to my messages.
You’re still communicating. That’s awesome because once that stops, it becomes a lot harder to pull things back on track.
People make this mistake all the time, they think that first they need to be motivated and then they can work out and it will feel effortless.
Forget motivation. You can’t rely on it. Even when it does turn up, it’s the arse end of the night when you’re lying in bed and can’t do anything anyway.
(That’s exactly why it turns up then… trust me, I was a psychologist)
Instead of waiting around for motivation to grab you, I’m going to tell you the secret that a lot of people don’t know.
First: Take action. Don’t wait for motivation – that comes second.
Take Small Deliberate Action.
It shouldn’t be crazy. Starting small isn’t a compromise – it’s an essential component of building momentum.
What’s the one thing you can do right now that’s so ridiculously easy that you think it’s not even worth doing?
Can you find your daps and lay them out by your front door?
Can you stand up right now and do a squat?
Can you bang out 5 push-ups against the kitchen sink?
Can you walk to the end of your garden and back?
Once you’ve done one thing, something, anything – no matter how small or insignificant it seems, you start to feel that little kindle of motivation returning.
Don’t believe me? Try it.
Pick just one thing that seems minor and do it right now. I’ll wait.
If you didn’t do it – the thing you picked was too hard.
You’ve got to meet yourself where you’re at right now and that might be literally standing up off the couch.
It’s a start. That’s all we’re looking to do.
Take action first and motivation will follow. Need more help to get started? I can help, let’s chat.
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