- the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
What motivates you?
Do you stay more motivated when you’re seeing results?
Does seeing others succeed motivate you?
Maybe motivation comes to you in the form of goal setting.
Whatever it may be, the fact that you haven’t reached your goals should be motivation enough to give you a swift kick in the ass to get out there and do so. You already know that you have work to do, so whose going to put in that work? If it aint you, it aint happening. Get up and go!
Do you struggle to stay motivated?
Welp. Join about 98% of the population. No one is going to be motivated all the time; I know I’m definitely not. We all have shit going on in our lives. Maybe you’re getting distracted by what your friends are doing. They’re having fun, partying on the weekends, drinking and eating whatever they want, and you want to too! Maybe work is getting busy, you’re working a lot of hours and are starting to feel overwhelmed. Maybe you’re trying to deal with a few stressors that are outside of your control, and struggling to find balance in your life. Maybe it’s all of the above. But guess what? That’s life, man! Literally, walk outside, spin in a circle, and point at a random person. Guaranteed, that person has shit going on in their life that you don’t know about.
There are two types of people in these situations. Those who project their problems, and spew them out as excuses as to why they aren’t, or can’t achieve their goals. And then there’s those of us who suck it up, and put in the work anyways.
Stop making excuses as to why you can’t do something.
And don’t be the person saying,
“I would look like that too, but I like food too much.”
“I would look like that if I had their genetics too.”
News flash! I would bet my life that any bikini girl, or avid bodybuilder loves food way more than you, so sit down. And as far as genetics go, I’m sorry, are you a geneticist? No? So like I said, sit down before you hurt yourself. How do you know what that person’s genes look like? You have no idea how hard they had to work to look like they do, and you only look threatened and insecure by discrediting them based on the fact that they look good.
And to the people saying,
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t want to get too big.” (eye roll)
“I can’t workout because of *insert minuscule injury here*.”
- Yes you do. 24 hours is a long time, so you can spend 4.2% of your day working towards your goals (that’s 1 hour). 2. Don’t worry, you won’t. I’ve been trying to get too big for 7 years. 3. Yes you can. Physical therapy literally exists for this reason, and a good trainer can help you with corrective exercise for your injury.
And if you’re not awake yet, here is your actual wake up call.
You don’t lack motivation. You lack discipline.
Those who are achieving their goals, winning shows, and living their best lives aren’t the ones with the highest motivation. They’re the ones with the highest level of discipline. Like I mentioned before, bikini girls love food just as much, if not MORE than the average person, but yet they can still say no to temptation and stick to plan. That’s discipline. Also, bodybuilders don’t get paid to compete in shows. We have jobs. We still have to go to work just like anyone else, and yet we still have time to go to the gym, prep our meals, and stay on track. And do you really think that out of all the amazing athletes you see in the gym, that none of them have ever been injured? HA! Our joints are deteriorating quicker than anyone’s! But we train smarter, so we can train harder. We take care of our bodies when injury arises, and move on.
If you’re saying you can’t stay motivated, you’re telling me that you don’t want it bad enough.
If you’re continuously making excuses, you’re telling me that you don’t want it bad enough.
If you really want to achieve something, you HAVE to know that you’ll most likely have to work for it. Correct? It’s not going to happen overnight, but if you start now, you’ll already be on your way! Stay patient. If you need outside motivators, get an accountability partner or a coach! This is a great way to still show that you want this badly, but you just need some help, as most people do. If you struggle with commitment to a plan, set some goals! Set goals that have an end date. This will help you stick to your plan, and give you something to shoot for! If your issues are with food. Don’t buy crappy food at the store! Stock your fridge and pantry with healthy food and snacks that will fit your macros, and maybe work with a dietician to get a meal plan if that’ll help.
You won’t always need motivation, but you’ll 100% need discipline.
Focus on the fact that you’re not where you want to be.
That should be enough.