“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
Motivation is defined as the reasons why you are doing something, or the level of desire/enthusiasm you have to do in order to accomplish something. Motivation occurs when a person has the desire and willingness to do something and is internally motivated to do it.
Sometimes it seems impossible to wake up in the morning and achieve different tasks, or cook dinner after a long and stressful day. As humans, our lives are full with different activities and therefore we are inclined to put things off or procrastinate. We have all made excuses to not do certain things whether it is beginning a new exercise program, filling out important paperwork, or cleaning the house.
The fact is though, once we allow our minds and our bodies to get into a routine of doing certain things, they are no longer a struggle and might actually make us feel pretty good.
Lately, I feel like I have entered a slump. A slump in which I have lacked motivation to eat healthy or to go to the gym on a regular basis. I have noticed that I use the excuse that I am tired or I had a long day at work but when I actually force myself to go to the gym or take a walk, I feel like a million bucks afterwards.
There are various steps which have helped me and are currently helping me to regain that drive and motivation that I always had.
Here are a few steps that might help you as well:
- Figure out what your goal is. What is it that you want to work towards? Break that goal down into smaller steps that are both achievable and enjoyable.
- Always keep track of your progress whether it is in a journal or a Microsoft Word document. Looking at your progress can inspire you to see how far you have come.
- Keep in mind the reasons why you are achieving this specific goal. It could be health reasons, getting more organized, learning a new task etc.
- Make your goal a habit once you have achieved it. Make the steps that you took to reach your goal part of your daily life.
- Make it a point to walk away or take breaks once and awhile. If you over motivate yourself this might actually backfire and hinder your progress.
Sit and ask yourself the following:
- What motivates you?
- Who motivates or inspires you?
- Why does that person (s) motivate or inspire you?
- What excuses do you usually use to put off something?
- What are some ways in which you are going to work towards building your motivation and in return fueling your body to get into the routine or habit of accomplishing that goal?
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar