Last week I met with an old college buddy at the gym to train together. We were good friends back in college and it’s been a minute so I figured why not? We could get in a good workout and also reminisce on our golden memories from college.
As we were catching up in between sets he mentioned that he lost his motivation and had been out of the gym for a couple of months.
Ironically I knew that within our first 5 seconds of greetings. Jokingly I said “you gotta lay off the Popeyes man!”
He said his problem wasn’t necessarily the Popeyes. His problem was that he would get on a few good strides for a couple of weeks and then start missing days at the gym, skipping his cardio sessions, and ultimately his diet and health started to go down hill.
He mentioned the real reason that he wanted to work out together was so that he can get some motivation from me.
Let’s get one thing straight, I’m all for motivation and personal development but no one can give you motivation, it’s something you have to create from within.
Now before I start spitting out philosophy like Yoda, you got to understand that the motivation you get from listening to speakers and surrounding yourself with highly motivated individuals is only temporary.
Its there one week and gone the next.
You have to have a purpose, a goal, and also a vision.3 Ways To Create Unstoppable Motivation
1. Your WHY.
Whether it’s to get your life in order, to eat healthy, or to go back hard in the gym --- you always have to remember your “why”.
A little bit about me.
Growing up my parents owned a health food store and every day after school I would go and work in the shop. My mom ate healthy and was basically the role model for the shop.
My dad on the other hand ate horrible, and that led to him developing diabetes. He was from the Caribbean so he was always eating sweet bread, rice, beans, cake, cookies, etc.
Soon he started to have complications with his health. He ended up getting both of his legs amputated and died before 65.
Now that is my why.
Yours doesn’t have to be so dramatic but you have to have a reason for why you’re doing what you’re doing. Whenever I’m feeling down, depressed or when I feel like this maybe isn’t for me I just remember my why. That just keeps me going.
2. Create goals for yourself.
Every morning I write out my daily goals. This isn’t a to-do list, these are actual goals that Im looking to accomplish whether it be today, for the week, or even for the month. It helps me look at the bigger picture.
Always remember your why and then set your goal on how to get there. If not, you will just keep spinning your wheels and not move closer to success. You must set a SMART goal -- smart, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goal.
3. Ask yourself - HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
Yes, that is a very generic question. I’m sure you’ve been listening to that from Eric ThomasTony Robins, Oprahor any motivational speaker for the last 3 years.. But the question is so powerful. If you want to succeed on something, you had to have a strong desire. You have to be on the verge of obsession to get to your goal.
You have to really write down your goals. You have to read it. You have to visualize it. You have to think those thoughts and do the work. You have to ask yourself how bad do you want it.
And why and make that connection and connect the dots. And that my friends is how you’re gonna create your motivation.
Write it. Visualize it. Talk about it. Most importantly act on it. If you follow these steps, you’ll notice positive thing start to happen in your life.
For me going to the gym working out and eating properly is something I have to do. Why? Because I love it. I fell in love with it. My dad passing at young age allowed me to spread my message so that I can help more people. It makes me feel I’m on the right life mission and a sense of purpose.
Start today, start putting up your goals today, start putting them on today. Start taking the action. I don’t care if it’s late at night while you’re reading this. Stop. Do some push ups or do whatever you need to do. Do it right now? What’s stopping you?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
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