The key question to ask yourself is, How badly do you want to achieve your health and fitness goal?
How to motivate yourself to workout is simple. Answer that question. Think about it with focused intensity. See the goal that you want to achieve in your mind, and reiterate your goal and, more importantly, reiterate the reason why you want to achieve that goal.
What’s the WHY you want to be fit and healthy.
What do you want to be fit and healthy for?
The WHY possesses all the power to go after your goal until it is achieved – even if you are working out from home in this lockdown situation.
How much you want your goal determines the strength of your motivation.
It is that strength that will steadfastly motivate and drive you to fulfil your goal irrespective of any challenges, setbacks, oppositions, confrontations, distractions, interruptions, diversions, or anything else.
How to stay motivated will not be an issue anymore!
I recall a friend who set himself a goal that he felt extremely excited about. He talked for days on end about that goal; what it meant to him and how he really wanted to achieve it within six months at the most.
A couple of months later, my friend Bill, took me aside. I could see he was feeling miserable and despondent. He went on to tell me how disappointed he was that his goal had not materialised.
“Goal! What Goal?” was my honest answer. I had forgotten all about it. It was not what Bill wanted to hear.
“You know, my goal to get a toned, sculptured beach body,” Bill reminded me, with a deep sense of defeat and frustration echoing from his voice.
“Oh that. I thought you were kidding. We all figured you changed your mind since we don’t see you going to the gym anymore,” I replied, perhaps a little sarcastically.
So, what happened here? What happened to Bill’s drive? Where’s his motivation?
So what went wrong? Where did his incredible and unstoppable motivation go?
After careful examination, it came to light that Bill had lost his burst of motivation because he was not really passionate about being toned.
He really didn’t care too much about having that beach body. In fact, he used to laugh at the beach-bodied people whenever he spotted one on holiday.
Interesting point, huh? See where this is going?
His goal was merely a passing ‘wish’.
In other words, he did not want to be toned badly enough. If he did, if he felt passionate, he would have continued his workout routine no matter what challenges he faced.
Bill was torn between two thoughts.
The first said, “Yeah, I’d like to have a toned beach body.” But his conflicting second thought argued, “Sure, but you could get along in life without it. You laugh at people who have a perfectly toned beach body, now you want one? Come on!”
And who won?
His conflicting thought had the upper hand.
You see, Bill would have ‘liked’ the toned body, but he did not turn that wish into a solid goal.
The toned body idea remained just that, an idea or a wish. As such, his once powerful motivation had weakened until it was there no more.
If he had turned it into a goal, a solid goal, he would have sought after it. He would have been motivated to pursue that goal irrespective of how tired or how busy he was.
After all, it was his goal. And goals are meant to be achieved.
Passion ignites the drive from deep within to maintain the motivation to reach all sorts of goals.
Passion provides the fuel to keep you in a highly motivated state of mind.
Once you find out what you are passionate about, once you find out the WHY you want to be healthy and fit for, how to motivate yourself to workout will become a simple matter of getting up and getting started no matter what.