Updated: Jun 6, 2020
Don’t buy into it - it’s bullshit. Consistency trumps motivation every day of the week. Far too often trainers and coaches will hear ‘I just can’t get motivated’ or ‘how do I get motivated?’ The key isn’t to scroll until you see someone you aspire to look like. The key isn’t to program hop- chasing the ‘perfect one’. The key is to create daily habits that push you toward what you want.
You want to be be more active? Good, go for run. You want to lose weight? Good, eat properly. You want to get strong? Good, lift heavy weights. But do these things again and again and again. And when you don’t feel like doing them, have the foresight to know that they are things that will lead you toward what you want. Sure, some days we feel good - own these days and destroy your session!
The days we don’t feel as good are the days where consistency is needed. Don’t feel like going for that 45 minute jog that you had planned to do after work? Change it to a 1 minute run. I’ll put good money on you running longer than 1 minute. But hey, even if you don't at least you re-established the habit of going for a run.
Just start. As long as you just start doing something, that could be a basic stretch or a jog around the block, there’s a good chance you’re going to do something else.
Jordan Syatt has a great quote from this podcast with Mike Robertson, he says: “How will I feel when I go to bed tonight if I do do it or I don’t do it?” This takes the current obstacle out of the way and turns it into a future win. The feeling of what you wanna do right now is an EMOTIONAL response. By reframing the situation to how you’re going to feel later creates a more LOGICAL response that aligns with your goals. So next time you’re thinking about missing a session or eating that bowl of ice cream, ask yourself - How am I going to feel about this when I go to bed tonight? I guarantee it will change the way you deal with the situation Motivation comes and goes like a flash in the pan. Don’t let emotion win over logic. Chase consistency instead and you’ll reap the rewards.
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