Motivation is not ongoing. We lose it a little. This is normal. We simply can't be motivated to always do our best 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Sometimes, we just find ourselves going through the motions and not giving it our all. And, that's ok.
Sometimes, though, we completely fall off the rails, and can't even show up. We think we need more sleep, we've got too much going on, and before you know it, your coaches are texting you with a "We Miss You!" text.
When you need a little boost to get through it, or you need some reminders to get back on track, because, clearly, the track seems to be covered in weeds, here are my top 10 quotes that I love to tell myself.
I love this quote! I've said this to myself many times and it's even been posted on my website. Sometimes, we get caught up living in the "now" and we lose sight of our future goals, plans, hopes, and dreams. This is a great reminder that we need to be doing something TODAY to make us better in the future.
This is a great reminder when you think things are moving too slow. We live in a world of instant gratification, but let's face it, the world of fitness and nutrition obviously didn't get the memo! It takes T.I.M.E. to see results and patience is vital. Remind yourself that any progress at all is STILL progress! And, it also helps to think about what would happen if you just stopped completely....YIKES.
This one hurts, doesn't it? Oh...you're too busy to workout? Too busy to do a 20 minute HIIT circuit? Too much going on today to get up early? Puh-leeze!!!! This quote has been known to get me off my arse and get to the freakin gym. I know that someone who has a lot more going on in their life is finding time to make themselves a priority, to put their health first, disciplined enough to stay committed....and if they can do it.....yeah, off I go too.
This quote is all about mindset. We can think about all the things we are missing out on when on a cut. Orrrrr, we can simply change our mindset. You have goals, and yes, there will probably be a little sacrifice and a little bit of uncomfortable-ness to get you there. Ok. But, keeping a positive frame of mind is so incredibly important!
Diet = negative mindset.
Goals = positive mindset.
So, think good thoughts. It's not a diet...it's eating how you need to eat to meet your goals.
Ahhh, the fitness version of the quote above regarding the word "diet." Again, it's all about mindset here, folks.
If you're injured and can't run, focus on your lifting.
If your shoulder hurts and you can't do a push press as heavy as the people around you, kick butt at deadlifts.
If you have bad knees, knock your upper body workouts out of the park.
If you can't do a correct push-up, but you are better than you used to be, keep working on it and don't give up!
Focus on what you CAN do and learn to accept what you can't do... and then LET-IT-GO. Reflect on how much you've improved rather than how far you still have to go. Goals are GREAT, but if you only focus on all the things you can't do...you will burnout and lose your motivation.
EveryONE doesn't do everyTHING well. We all have weaknesses and we all have struggles. Change your mindset and focus on the positive.
In other words, discipline.
Outside the comfort zone is where the magic happens. This is true for just about everything life has to offer. Of course, when we are talking about fitness, don't always lift the same weight. Don't always run the same speed. Don't always grab the same wall ball, the same, barbell weight, the same slam ball, the same kettlebell. To get better, we must get outside our comfort zone. What is that other quote? "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result." If you want to improve your physique, it's time to get uncomfortable!
Seriously. Until it becomes a habit, tattoo this to your forehead.
Such a loaded concept, isn't it??? I love this one!!! How often do we self-sabatoge our own goals, hopes, and dreams? How often do we let self-doubt creep into our decisions to stay home, not give it a chance, or not go for it 100%?! How often do we limit ourselves by our thoughts? How often do we tell ourselves we're not good enough? How often is the biggest obstacle to our success...ourselves? Get out of your own way! You've got this!!!
Start today, and everyday hereafter, by giving yourself a compliment. Look in the mirror and remind yourself how awesome you are. Give yourself permission to be great...because you ARE great! You ARE awesome! When you love yourself, respect yourself, give yourself your best, you won't tolerate any less than the best.
Sure, it's hard to stay motivated ALL THE TIME. And, it's perfectly ok to just go through the motions once in a while. It's ok to take a mental break. It's ok to take a physical break.
But, it's not ok to stay there.
When you need.a little reminder, take one of these quotes, make it your mantra, and repeat it everyday. Get out of your rut, and find the reason you started. Don't give up!