Where does motivation come from?

April 19, 2020 Ashk.fit Fitness

People ask me constantly, “how are you so motivated”. And I wish I could give
some magic answer as to where to just pull motivation out of a hat. But truth
is…I’m no more motivated than anyone else. Motivation isn’t really a state of
being like people tend to think. It actually is more of a temporary emotion.
Just as we feel sad when something bad happens, or fearful when we watch a scary
movie, motivation works the same. For example, you are scrolling through
Instagram and see a super fit girl or guy and all of a sudden you feel super
motivated, you decide this is going to be the day that you start working to look
like them! You’re going to start going to the gym every day and stop eating junk
immediately. But how long does that feeling last? A few minutes, days, maybe
even weeks. At some point though, that feeling has to go away. It’s physically
impossible to feel motivated 24/7. I’ve been eating healthy and exercising,
intentionally, for 15 years now and trust me, I have not felt motivated the
entire time. But what I have remained is consistent, dedicated, and formed
habits that are constantly working toward my goals. How can you do this? Here
are a few tips:

1. You have to have a goal to work toward. Always. And it needs to be specific
and measurable. So whether it’s to lose 15lbs before your friends wedding or be
able to do 10 push-ups in a row after one month of training. That goal gives you
a purpose and purpose gives you drive.

2. Accountability. Tell people what your goal is, so that just the fact that
they know will hold you accountable. And hire a trainer (that’s why you’re here
right?!), your appointments with that trainer will hold you accountable. I
myself even still have a coach that I have to check in with every week.

3. Make a routine-which will eventually turn in to a habit. Schedule out your
workout times and make appointments with your trainer. Plan out your diet for
the week. Soon these won’t feel like a commitment as much as just a normal part
of life.

4. Mental coaching. You are your own best or worst encouragement. So when you
start to think negatively you have to tell yourself to stop. When you start to
have thoughts of quitting, give yourself encouragement as to why you shouldn’t.
And when you start to make excuses, catch them and tell yourself that excuses
won’t help you reach your goal.

Remember, all of this is a process and it won’t happen over night. But if you
start working on these now, over time you will see that soon people will be
asking you too, “how are you so motivated”.