Many people often talk about motivation and the key to staying motivated, but the key to staying motivated is similar to fuel in a car—you don’t need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty.
Motivation has a natural rhythm and therefore you definitely shouldn’t see a drop in motivation as a signal of failure.
The problem with motivation is that the more people try to ‘catch’ it, the more elusive it becomes. By allowing it to run its natural course and at the same time having a set of habit-changing skills (such as an exercise programme for the week), you’ll stay on track and your motivation levels will run their natural course.
If you need an instant dose of inspiration? Take this quick quiz. Answering these questions often helps to boost motivation just enough to remind you of why you started to exercise in the first place.
If I stop my exercise, how will I look in six months or one year from now?
If I stop my exercise, how will I feel in six months or one year from now?
If I stop my exercise, what will my health be like?
If I stop my exercise, how will my family and friends be affected?
Add this information to the research carried out in this study….
Researchers in the Netherlands divided women who wanted to lose weight into two groups: the first group was given a food journal with photos of thin models on the cover and interior pages, and the second group was given a journal with a neutral logo image on the front. While the neutral group lost weight, those given the journals sprinkled with supermodel images gained weight.
The scientists say that the images of models discouraged the women by creating unrealistic self-standards. Staring at photos of much-thinner women while logging food intake may have made them feel like they’d never be able to achieve that look, so they stopped trying.
You can see that many times it is better to look at what you want avoid rather than what you want to gain.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are”
You can do it!