Motivation is Overrated - Here's What To Focus On Instead
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
People talk a lot about how they need to be motivated to reach a goal.
“I’m just not motivated to go to the gym, I just don’t have the motivation to plan out my meals”.
Motivation is completely overrated.
Anyone who’s been working out for a long period of time and has made their own health and fitness part of their daily habits will tell you the same thing.
Sure you need some motivation or reason to get started. It could be health-related, quality of life-related, or maybe a spouse or close friend is starting too. Maybe you have low energy and feel like crap all the time.
But there’s a big difference between this initial motivation and the feeling that you need to be constantly motivated in order to reach your goals.
There are some days when I look at my program, see that I’m supposed to pick up over 300lbs from the floor 5 times for 5 sets and I honestly don’t want to do it.
But what separates me from someone else who won’t reach their goals is that I do it anyway.
It’s not about staying motivated at all times, it’s about having the commitment and discipline necessary to do what you have to do to get the result you want.
If you do what you’ve always done you will get what you’ve always gotten. If you want change then something about you and your habits has to change. And those changes are always uncomfortable.
What will keep you motivated over the long term is progress. Even if you’re not motivated to workout and meal-prep all the time (which you won’t be), making steady and consistent progress is the main reason people continue working out.
This is the reason people do things they don’t want to do. They know what the result of their actions will be and they want those results.
I will never stop working out for these reasons. I’ve been hooked on this cycle of progress regardless of how motivated I am on a given day.
It’s less about motivation and more about holding yourself accountable. A lot of the times, in the beginning, you need someone else to help you with this in the form of a coach, trainer, or friend. But the ultimate goal is to be able to eventually hold yourself accountable without any outside help.
Especially with a fresh look into 2020, don’t feel like you need to be motivated at all times. The new year is a great time to reflect back on the past year and look at what you can do better. It’s a great initial motivator.
Focus on getting to that level of accountability that allows you to reach your goals and set new ones even when you lack motivation.
To your good health,
Getting started can be a tough thing to do, and the main reason is that people don’t know where to start.
That’s where I come in.
Regardless of whether you live in the GTA and can do in-person coaching with me or you live anywhere else in the world and can do online coaching, I can put a plan in place to help you get to where you need to be.
For more information, check out my coaching options or what my clients have to say.