This is one of the most important questions to ask your self when it comes to achieving something. Whether your goal is to get fitter, healthier, lose weight, complete a race or achieve a personal best you need to find out what it is that is going to motivate you to get there.
When that alarm goes off at 4am or whatever time it may be in the morning, what are you going to tell yourself to make sure you get out of bed? I know for me personally, when that alarm goes off there is no one making me get up. Whether I rock up to training or not is actually not going to affect anyone else but me. So the motivation to get up has to come from an internal drive, not external factors.
For me it’s having a clear goal. My goal might be to achieve a certain time or place in my next race and so I know that if I don’t get up, the fact that no one else cares whether I’m there or not does not matter. If I don’t get up I’m not going to achieve my goal and that is only going to frustrate me. It’s true that even if I do get up I still may not achieve all my goals in the time frame I’ve given myself, but if you know that you have done everything you can to make it happen then at least you know you have given it everything you could. If you don’t achieve your goal and deep down you know there were sessions you missed or sessions you didn’t try as hard as you could of, then these will play over and over in your mind and you will be left frustrated and wondering ‘what if’.
So my advice to anyone trying to motivate themselves into a healthy lifestyle routine and struggling to get started or find you struggle to get yourself out of bed in the morning, then you need to find out what it is that’s going to motivate you. Get a goal and remind yourself of that goal every morning. Whether it’s a certain weight/measurement or fat percentage, a distance you want to run, or a goal time for that run. Or maybe it’s a race or activity that you have set your sights on completing. It doesn’t matter what it is, just find one!
We all know the hardest part is getting started; those first few mornings changing your body clock or your routine are the toughest. If your lying in bed and you really don’t want to get up, tell yourself how much better you are going to feel after. If you can just make the first move you will be so proud of yourself, you will start the day on a high instead of feeling guilty and annoyed at yourself because you gave in and slept in. There really is no better feeling than finishing a good hard solid training session, you feel revitalized and ready for the day. Once you get used to this feeling you just want to feel it all the time and so not doing it really just isn’t an option any more!
So find a goal, set that alarm and take the first step to making it happen!!!
Jo – Personal Trainer & Triathlete