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Motivation- is it magic?

Everyone is jonesing on the idea of motivation. We think we need a spark to ignite us to become our best selves. Motivation is a part of changing habits but it takes much more than that. It takes action. Motivation has its place right below the more significant factors of self discipline and accountability. We are creatures of habit and most people don’t want to change if they don’t have to. Movement is non negotiable in my book, as the health benefits go well beyond body #goals. Sure, aesthetics are important (we all want to look good) but what really matters is HEALTH.

Motivation will save you from yourself when you start something new. When you decide to change habits you can’t exactly trust yourself to follow through yet. You may rely on the fit chicks of Instagram to hype you up to move your booty. You can and should use any motivation and inspiration you can find. Take it and use it to push yourself into your own groove. Just don’t be fooled by the difference of getting motivated and actually putting in the work. Do the work and before you know it, you could be that person motivating others to do the same.

Health and happiness is contagious. Happy people always want to spread the wealth. This article is all about getting yourself into the mindset to change. You have to get yourself excited, believe in the possibilities and be confident in yourself. I don’t necessarily agree with advice that you should “fake it until you make it.” I think you can be authentic and admit that you are on a journey. We are all on our own journey. Health is not a destination it is a way of life.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. There is no shame in needing accountability or someone to keep you motivated. I do believe you have to get yourself in the frame of mind to change. You need to be coming from a positive place and be willing to take action. Motivation means nothing if you never take action. Good news is that you CAN do it. Set aside your fear and self doubt. Try these three tips to get yourself into the groove and just move!

1.) Have fun! Exercise does not have to be torturous. It will be challenging if you do it right but it will feel good. If you like to push yourself to the point of misery, by all means go for it. I will be over here moving my body and loving every minute of it. You get to decide what works for you. Reinvent the wheel.

You can try a different approach and choose something you actually like or are interested in. It is better that you consistently move your body doing something you love than trying to force yourself to do something you hate. Don’t make assumptions about what you will like. The best way is to find out what you works for you is to experiment. Dare to be different! Have fun with it and get yourself some colorful workout clothes or a cool water bottle to get pumped.

2.) Accept help. Join a support group, enlist a friend or hire a professional. Health coaches, personal trainers, and accountability coaches are all great options to keep you motivated and hold you accountable. Most people know what they should do but have difficulty with following through. Go to a group class or do the initial assessment (they are free) with a personal trainer and see how you like it. Dip your toes in and test the waters.

It can be terrifying to take the leap into the unknown and fear is perfectly normal. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen? A certified health professional would never judge you. Most people are more successful with working out when they have another person holding them to it. Find people who will push and believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself.

3.) Let go of fear and self doubt. Stop letting fear run your life and step into the light. Don’t live in the darkness and be afraid to be seen. You deserve to experience life with the aliveness that movement will give you. Create a vision board. Make a vision board and include pictures, positive quotes, weight loss and movement goals. Envision yourself at your healthiest and happiest state.

Visualize yourself doing what it takes to make that happen. Journal about how you feel and what you would like to feel. Talk about your apprehensions with others. Speak about your goals and write them down. Do this and you will be more likely to follow the plan. It will keep you accountable because other people know the changes you are making. Following through with these actions will build your confidence and diminish self doubt.

I hope this helps you to create new habits and push fearlessly forward towards your new life. It all starts with making the decision to change and committing to doing the work. There will be days when you don’t want to do the work. I challenge you to push through those days. Keep in mind that motivation is fleeting and it is your determination that will ultimately lead you to success. Believe in yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve those goals. Make it happen.

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