Motivation is really what drives us to do anything in this world. No matter what we do, whether it be getting off the couch to fix a sandwich, or volunteering your time to read to children, there’s a motivating factor behind your decision. The difficulty with motivation is that it’s not always easy to pinpoint from where it springs.
If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to workout regularly through conventional methods, try thinking outside the box. What motivates you to accomplish other tasks? Is it your partner? Your parents? Your children? What’s worked and what hasn’t when it comes to getting you going? Consider a different line of thinking and the many ways in which working out would not only have a positive effect on your life, but on the lives of the others around you as well.
Still, it’s OK to do things for oneself as well. Perhaps much of your motivation lies in making money, or being seen as important and influential, and if so that’s fine. Don’t shy away from the real factors that influence your decisions, instead, embrace them, and determine how working out and being of sound body and mind can help you reach your goals.
One of the biggest reasons that leads to people either quickly giving up on their workout plans, or never getting started to begin with, is that they simply don’t believe they will see any results. This concept that only certain ‘lucky’ people, or those with specific metabolisms will see the benefits of working out, is a complete misconception.
Absolutely anyone can and will see the positive benefits of working out when they’ve put a solid plan into place, and follow through with it. There is no luck or random factors involved, whether you’re working out to lose weight, build lean muscle, increase your endurance, etc. A proper workout plan, coupled with the proper diet for your metabolism will lead to sure-fire results.
With the right motivation and a positive, yet realistic outlook, you’ll be side-stepping the common pitfalls that derail many a person’s workout goals. Once the results start coming in, they should be motivation enough to keep you going, regardless of any potential changes in your initial motivating factor(s).