Whether you’re just beginning or a die hard gym rat, one thing keeps you going. Motivation. Without it, it’s just another day. We’ve all had those days. Sitting at work or school, starring at the clock that seems to be going backwards. Dreary, tired, unfocused, thinking about anything but what you’re around. It’s human nature. Certain things and methods can get you over the hump and into a good mindset for when this happens to you.
Yes, this is a staple in a lot of peoples gym bags and work briefcases. Walk through the gym, the local park, or even your work place and you’ll see people doing something with earphones in or music playing near them. It may be a bit different than what you would chose but hey, everyone’s different.
It’s also been said that playing music while doing something allows you to drown everything around you out. I can speak from experience with this one. Especially for running. It helps take your mind off of the distance left to go and the occasional side-stitch.
With that being said, if you haven’t already, get on iTunes or any other music library you have and make a playlist of your favorite songs that help get you awake.
It’s what you’re doing right now. Grab a fitness magazine next time you head to the store. While some parts of the magazine are a bit fabricated (advertisements), the articles pertaining to training and diet are very helpful. Not to mention there’s a health magazine for just about every type of fitness goal. This is why there’s usually a magazine rack by the cardio equipment at gyms with a book holder on the machines.
There are also hundreds of books out there. Nutrition, training, cardiovascular, regimen planners, etc. Hit up your local Barnes and Noble or hop on Amazon to search for the best one for you.
Set and Track
Setting one long term goal may work for some, but the time it takes to achieve a long term goal can be tedious. Consequently, causing people to lose the drive to achieve it. Granted you can still set a long term goal, but break it into smaller increments opposed to a bulk of a project. Which brings me to my next point.
Set a series of small goals to accomplish over a large time frame. Say you want to gain 30 pounds in a year. Divide the year up by months. So make a small goal to gain about 2.5 to 3 pounds pounds by the end of each month.Simple and very possible.
Tracking your results will benefit you as well. Writing down your achievements will month by month will boost morale and help keep the drive in you going. This will also make time seem to move faster.
It’s always been said that you’re only as good as those you associate with. Through trial and error, I am a firm believer in this. While not all your friends share the same joy a certain subject as you do, a positive atmosphere still can’t be beat.
Allowing yourself to be around people who keep a smile on your face and laughter common in a conversation is a good thing to maintain. Doing this keeps a good mindset for you. As long as life goals (higher education, expanding horizons) are similar and you’re all working towards accomplishing these goals, your personal goals should follow.
Encourage each other to aim higher in life. Help them understand that just because they lost sight of something that it’s still there. Many would be surprised what a five minute conversation can do for someone, especially if there’s a good bit of trust and respect between the two.
This can go in part with reading, but by educating yourself, I mean to seek answers you’re curious for. This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Whether it’s found in a book, online, or word of ear at the local gym, seek out all the information you can about something. Always stay thirsty for learning new things.
Ask questions to those who can help. Most people will help give advice when asked. The people at any physical therapy center, gym, or doctors office are great sources to ask pertaining to health and nutrition information.
Motivation is something we all possess, it just fluctuates on us from time to time. All you need to do is remember what you’re aiming for and know, not hope, know that with hard work and dedication, you will succeed.
The desire to learn something new is easy, but the drive to learn is more of a challenge. Reading something can be done in seconds, but using what you read will last a lifetime.
Keep your head up and be safe.