Have you ever started a new workout or fitness routine, and then quit soon after?
If the answer is yes, then you are not alone!
We all know that starting a new workout routine is SUPER easy. It’s exciting, its refreshing, and it makes you feel good about yourself.
But what happens next? How many of us actually follow through and continue working out after the initial few days or weeks?
So what goes wrong? We lose motivation!
Motivation is like the fuel you fill up in your car when you are going on a road trip. Without it, you will never reach your destination, no matter how much meticulously you have planned the trip. But unlike fuel, motivation is something that is very fickle. It fluctuates daily. One day you are all gung-ho about workout and raring to go, and the next day you can’t even drag yourself out of bed.
So, what do you do? Give up?
Of course NOT!
There are 2 main things influence our motivation – generalization and negativity.
Let me elaborate.
Most of us feel this way, “I tried this for 2 weeks, and then gave up. I failed once, so what’s the point of trying again? I’m going to quit again anyway.” That is generalization.
That feeling of feeling discouraged and disappointed not only derails you from your goal, but further stops you from giving it another shot, from trying once again.
Now, negativity may come from other people, or it may come from within you. When people criticise you, saying things like – “Only 10 reps? That’s all you can do? Wow you’re really bad at this!”, are you more willing to succeed, or less?
Or even when you criticise yourself, thinking things like, “oh I couldn’t even do 5 reps of this exercise yesterday! Why did I ever think I can do it! I should have never tried it.”, you are basically setting yourself up for failure, and killing your motivation.
Criticising yourself is not the great motivator you imagine it to be. Self-compassion, on the other hand, can be a much more powerful tool for change!
If you let yourself be pulled down and beaten up, reaching your goal of a fit lifestyle is going to be very difficult. What you have to do is, keep you motivation levels high! And it really isn’t as difficult as you may think.
There is one very simple trick.
Habits are manageable. In our previous blog last week, we spoke about how to build habits and how to sustain them.
Every time you complete a habit, you get a feeling of success. You feel good, feel proud and happy!
This feeling of success becomes a source of constant motivation. If you did it once, if you completed your workout today, then why not tomorrow? And why not the day after?
Rather than beat yourself up when you go off track, realize and acknowledge that what you are doing isn’t easy. It is hard work to build and sustain a fit lifestyle. And you will have setbacks and roadblocks on the way. What’s important is not to give up. Get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.
Motivate yourself to power through!
So, what makes you lose motivation?? And more importantly, what brings it back? Tell us in the comments below!