Episode 16 – How to stay motivated for the long term
I love seeing transformation photos on the internet! Don’t you?!
Everyday, you’ll be able to see an inspirational post or video on social media that will inspire you to get up and change your life. However, without the proper motivational strategies in place, that drive will disappear and leave you to fall back into old habits. Read on to find out the secrets to staying motivated for the long term!
1. Know yourself
Know yourself first then set out to grow and expand from there.
What to do:
Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Understand these attributes to make yourself a better person. They facilitate growth and evolution as a person. They also create progress. Progress creates momentum. Momentum creates motivation for the long term.
You may choose either approach below depending on your goal:
- Focus on your further strengthening your strengths – specialization or depth of experience is valuable for confidence. Confidence further snowballs confidence and after you have hit your “action threshold” you will unlock your ability to do more and for longer – because you believe you can.
- Focus on your weakness – make yourself well rounded. For example, if your weaknesses include nutrition then look to understand and evolve in the study of nutrition. Focus on how to shop, how to cook, how to meal prep, understand the nutritional value of foods. Go deep on the topic to round out your weaknesses.
2. Reflect on your performance
Track your progress. After you’ve done the activity, journal your performance and write down how your activity went. This will give you a managerial view of your life and will allow you to evaluate your overall performance during the week.
What to do:
- For the gym: write down your sets, your reps, what weight you did, and even your recovery time. Are you improving in certain aspects? Are you stuck and staying the same?
- For nutrition: record your diet history, what foods you eat, and similarly evaluate how you did. Are you consistently improving your food choices? Are there nutrition habits you’re stuck on?
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3. Get Yourself a Buddy
It’s relatively easy to fall into a slump or find reasons to take cheat days – sleep in instead of getting up early in the morning, or if you’re tired after work, skip training, etc.
What to do:
Find a friend who’s on a similar health and fitness journey. Together you’ll keep motivated for the long term.
A buddy be able to:
- Hold you accountable
- Be your support system
- Discuss setbacks
- Keep pushing you to be your best when you need it.
4. Join an Active Community
Join like-minded individuals and become a part of an active community. This will do wonders for the development of good habits and also be a source of real-life inspiration and motivation. These groups are also a great source of support and advice. People in this community can give you strategies and tips to get over trouble spots, and pull you up to a new level. There may also be people who are a little bit behind you, who might benefit from your life experience. Challenge yourself and contribute freely to a positive environment.
What to do:
- Find communities online.
- Join real life sports groups that match your interests.
- Build an active community.
5. Remember your Why
At the end of the day you’ve got to remember why you’re doing it, and where you’re ultimately headed. If you continually remind yourself of this “x-factor” you’ll stay motivated for the long term.
The secret to being motivated for the long term is to know yourself, assess yourself and reflect on your performance, get a buddy and be part of an active community – and of course, remember your why. Go get it!
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.
Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.