You see them everywhere: People saying that they desperately want to either lose weight, build muscle, or both, but then do next to nothing to actually achieve it. Why? Well if you search google, you’ll find many, many, many answers as to why people are not motivated to workout. I used to be one of these people. Before I started getting serious about my body, I would go to the gym, do a few things here and there, think that I was pushing myself, and then put the weights down and think, “that’s good enough”. Sometimes I would go weeks without working out, but then finally, about my junior year in high school, I decided that I was going to get into phenomenal shape no matter what it took! How did I manage to build up this level of motivation? Well, first off, it wasn’t easy. There would still be days that went by that I just didn’t “feel” like lifting. I started to buy books on motivation, read endlessly online, and listen to a bunch of audio recordings on how to make myself motivated enough to achieve my goal. Eventually I managed to achieve it, but it took a lot longer than it needed to. See, now that I can look back on my experience and what I have learned from reading, watching, and listening to along the way, I now know that there are much faster ways of getting yourself motivated to workout!
This article is designed to allow you to give yourself the motivation you need to achieve your goal in terms of what you want your body to look like; however, if tweaked just a little, it can also be used to help you achieve any specific goal in any field!
I believe that desire is the number one variable that determines if you will fail or succeed in getting the body that you want. A subcategory of desire is motivation. It has been my experience that if you are willing to keep going until you succeed, you will find a way. Even if you are doing things a big wrong right now, your desire will propel you to learn more information so that you can fix whatever you are doing that’s ineffective. Now, I know that sometimes it is hard to figure out what information is actually true out there, as so much of it is conflicting depending on who you talk to, but that is why I built this site. I hated seeing people who ARE motivated but just don’t know that if they fixed a few things, they would be able to get the results that they want. Nevertheless, I believe that if you want something badly enough, you will find a way to get the information you need, whether it be this site or otherwise, and achieve your goal!
After achieving my goal, I now know how to make myself motivated to achieve many other goals. What I am about to show you is the root of change. When most people talk about motivation, they might show you some surface level tips about how to get more motivated, but unless you change the root problem, it seems that much of that boost in motivation is short-lived. I am going to show you how to make permanent changes that will push you through the barriers that you face now, ultimately allowing you to get exactly the body that you want!
The first step in making a permanent change is to decide exactly what you want. I know you have probably heard this before, but in order to know if you have actually achieved what you set out to get, you need to know precisely what you want. You must write this down on paper! Your goal needs to be:
- Believable, but stretching you
- Measurable, either by fitting into a piece of clothing, a weight, or the circumference of your bicep =)
- Have a deadline
So pull out some paper, think about what you want your goal to be, and then write it down right now. I’ll wait…
OK, so now that you know what your goal is, I want you to put it in one of four places: Your wallet, your car (in a place you see often), your bathroom, or beside your bed. This way, you will be constantly reminded of your goal.
Now onto the real meaty part! If you have ever taken any sort of psychology class, you have probably heard of the “pain and pleasure principle”. Put simply, we, as humans, always move toward what we think pleasure and away from pain. Always. Actually, there is not one time when this has not happened. Even if someone dies for someone else, right before he died he imaged receiving more pleasure from knowing he died to save someone else, than not doing so.
So, if you have been putting off your workouts or have not been eating the way that you want to, all that simply means is that your mind thinks that it is going to receive more pleasure from not working out or eating badly and experience more pain from working out or eating well. What you have to do is reverse that! First we will focus on letting your brain experience a lot of pain from not working out or eating right.
Think of all the bad things that will happen if you don’t follow through on your goal. Visualize yourself being in bad shape in the future, not being able to do the things you do. Maybe you won’t find yourself attractive, or maybe others won’t. Maybe you won’t be able to be as active or feel as good as you want to. When you have thought about all the reasons, write down the worst 3. Do this now. Now that you have written them down, really visualize yourself in these 3 situations and feel the painful feelings.
Now we have to associate pleasure to achieving that goal! This part is a little more fun =P. Just like before, think about all the benefits that you will have by achieving your goal! Maybe you will be able to be more confident or feel better about yourself. Maybe you will be more attractive or be able to do more things. Whatever are the top 3 benefits from achieving your goal should go down on that piece of paper in a different spot.
Now that you have completed the main part of the motivation boosting exercise, you need to make sure that it stays permanent! You can do this with repetition. Put this piece of paper that you wrote all this stuff down on someplace that you see very often, like your bathroom or next to your bed. Every time you look at it, reminded yourself of the reasons why you must achieve this goal! Visualize all the bad things that will happen if you don’t and all the good things that will come if you do! Make the images in your mind big and close to you so that you really feel the impact! If you do this every day, you will start to create a burning desire that will propel you towards accomplishing whatever you want! Also, if you get stuck along the way, you can always look back to this site to make sure that you are doing everything correctly in order to achieve your goal.
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