How to stay motivated

mo·ti·va·tion

mōdəˈvāSH(ə)n/

noun

The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

I get asked all the time “How do you stay so motivated.”  or “I wish i could be as motivated as you are.

Lets discuss the two different types of motivation:  intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic is when something is so completely natural, it’s simply a part of who you are. It’s inherent.

Extrinsic is the opposite; something that’s not entirely natural or a part of you. When someone is intrinsically motivated to exercise, for example, it’s second nature. The habit is so ingrained that the act of not doing it regularly feels depressing and foreign.

You can be extrinsically motivated to hit the gym every day, but it means the desire to do so doesn’t come from within. You might be in a sport that requires it. Perhaps your doctor demanded you get on a walking routine, or you get to wear cute tank tops and chat with friends if you strap on the sneakers for a girly power walk. Just so we’re clear, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with this, but it doesn’t always last. We’re after intrinsic motivation, Which is when Mindset and attitude come into play.

I’ll bet 99% of the population wants to be healthy. I mean, who doesn’t want to live longer while feeling better? The desire is there for the majority of the planet.

 Ninety-eight percent of households in the United States have at least one television set and 34 percent have two.

Forty-nine percent of Americans say they watch too much television.

So Think about it, your favorite show comes on every Thursday, You’ll be sure to dedicate yourself to being home on Thursday so you can watch the newest episode. Same thing with the game on Sunday you’ll dedicate yourself to be home to watch the game, because you want to watch it. You want it. So you can imagine  if you had the same attitude and mindset about dedicating yourself to go to the gym that you did about being home to watch the game or TV the affect it would have on your motivation.

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” ― Roy T. Bennett

It’s not easy, I”ll admit I have days where I want to stay home relax and not go to the gym, but then i remember why i started and think about how bad i want what I’m working towards.

Set a goal get out a journal and make a list of 5 reasons why you want that goal and every time your feeling unmotivated reference back to those  5 reasons. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. It’s your life YOU are in control only you can stop yourself from having the life you desire. You are the only one standing in the way between you and your goals.

 

XOXO- Lexie

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