It’s the first week of February 2016!

 

If you are like me, you are probably asking yourself what in the world happen to the time. I mean, I feel like it was just yesterday that I was in Lenox mall scavenging for last minute gifts for the family. Yeah, I know, I’m horrible. Would you judge me if I still have my Christmas tree up!?

 

I knew you wouldn’t! That’s why you’re apart of the approved team :) 

 

Sometimes, I get so baffled because it seems that the older we get the faster time goes by. I swear I could spin around and it would be thanksgiving again.

 

When I was younger I remember vividly thinking that summer break was for a full year.

 

I was pretty young at the time and didn’t have a worry in the world. My biggest concern was that I watch Dragon Ball Z on Toonami at 4pm. Side note, that was THE best cartoon man has ever created!

 

But honestly the real reason why I felt like this is because I had no real set structure in my life at that point.

 

I’m sure that you can relate to me with this one.

 

Have you ever had a strict schedule that you had to abide by, maybe a conference for work where each hour was scheduled for something new and on top of that you had personal things you needed to accomplish before and after the conference like personal development time, picking the kids up from school, or spending time with your loved ones?

 

These are the type of days that are going to seem long as hell! 

 

What makes things worst on top of this super long day is the fact that you still have to muster up some type of motivation to go to the gym and work on your gains.

 

For many of us January is a struggle month especially after the holidays and our newfound resolutions. And if your goal is to lose weight it’s honestly kind of a hard thing to get into unless you have set goals.

 

And even then I find that if you have set goals and you start off prepared most people tend to backslide around week four.

 

Have you ever started a fitness program and then wanted to quit? Heck, have you ever started ANYTHING and just wanted to quit? You’re not alone if the answer is yes.

 

“The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

-Chinese Proverb

 

This quote is very powerful because right when you want to quit prosperity is usually just around the corner.

 

Here are a few of my favorite celebrity stories that didn’t quit and had to stay motivated.

 

1. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels was waitressing and on public assistance when she was writing the first installment of what became the best selling series in history. The book was rejected by a dozen publishers. The only reason why it got published was because the CEO’s eight year old daughter begged him to publish it.

 

2. Michael Jordan, It might come as a surprise, but the man who became what many would call the best basketball player of all time didn’t make his high school basketball team.

 

3. Thomas Edison, was both hearing impaired and had ADHD symptoms. He only lasted three months in school where his teachers said he wouldn’t be able to learn anything. He was eventually home schooled by his mom. In talking about his invention of the light bulb, he said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work”

 

So where and how do we muster up this motivation for our fitness journey?

 

You must always keep in mind your “why.”

 

Your why is your purpose. It is your reason for getting up in the morning. It is what motivates you to action. It is what keeps you focused each and every day. No one has the power to take your purpose from you. But, while its yours, people can share your purpose.

 

My Top 3 Ways On How To Stay Motivated

 

1.   Set Goals

 

Life is a game of inches, with that being said set a small simple goal that progresses into longer-range goals. Remember to make your goals SMART specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. This will help eliminate doubt and give you a blue print for how to get to your end goal!

 

For example, if you fell off the bandwagon for a little bit from being consistent at the gym a SMART goal would be to do cardio 5 times a week before or after work for 30-60 minutes. A week or two later I would up the goal and add resistance training into the mix.

 

2.   Make It Fun

 

Join a fitness class to add to the regime. The music, the people, and the environment will help keep you motivated. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be boring.

 

Also, try finding a sport or activity that you enjoy that would keep the heart rate up and something that you’d still be getting a decent work out from.

 

3.   Find A Workout Partner

 

Having an accountability partner makes a huge difference especially if you’re lacking motivation. Your partner is counting on you to be there and more importantly you both can feed off of each others energy and get turned up in the gym!

 

Are you currently struggling with finding your motivation in the gym? Do you have any questions about goal setting or finding your why?

 

Leave a comment right here and I’ll do my best to address it in this series.

 

Feel free to leave your name as “anonymous.” And if you do leave it as Anonymous, shoot me an email at reuben@reubenbrooksfitness.com letting me know your comment (in case I have some feedback).

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