Good health starts with an Irresistible Motivation
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
- Jim Rohn-
Wanting and even dreaming to be physically fit – and looking fabulous – is one thing. Keeping at it until we do have a physically fit and fabulous-looking body is another.
Just think about it. How many health-related New Year’s resolution have we broken? True, we all start with good intentions but they are not enough to keep us focused on our goal. After a month of working out at the gym, we slacken, pointing to traffic and the office workload as excuses. We stop doing our morning jog when sleeping in during Saturdays looks more and more attractive. Or two weeks into our nutritious diet plan, and the hamburgers and sweets we swore never to touch again suddenly enter our dreams and even our daytime fantasies…
And after six months, we are nowhere near our goal. We feel miserable and guilty and start all over again, only to fail again. And the cycle goes on. Don’t get me wrong. Becoming physically fit – especially if we have not been, in a while – takes mental toughness. It requires patience, perseverance, and endurance.
Most of all, to succeed in our fitness goals, we need a compelling motivation or several of them. We need to know why we want to become physically fit. It is the fuel that keeps us going.
The motivation has to be very important & inspirational to us. It is something we cannot live without. It is part of a dream or a goal that we hunger to reach. If it's not a personal reason - an absolute 'must' - many will likely give in to temptation.
During the times when hitting the gym can feel like a chore, or cutting back on our favorite sweets appears too much of a sacrifice, we need to remind ourselves why it is important for us to get in shape.
To give an example: a friend of mine was a habitual smoker who smoked a pack a day. His wife complained about the smoke that his doctor told him that his habit put him at risk of lung cancer. He shrugged off their objections.
Until his five-year-old daughter refused to kiss him – because of the way his mouth smelled, thanks to the cigarettes. A day later, my friend stopped smoking cold turkey. His daughter’s love was more important to him than any health hazard or even his wife’s complaints.
What is YOUR motivation for becoming healthy? Maybe some of these tips can help you:
1. Will a new body raise your self-confidence and improve your self-esteem? Try imagining the new wardrobe you’d put inside your closet and see if that would put a smile on your face.
2. Will your newfound health improve your most important relationships? It’s not just about pleasing our children, but what about rekindling the spark with spouses and significant others? Or, if we’re still single, maybe it will improve our dating life?
3. Will the benefits of a healthy body improve our career? Energy, mental alertness, the ability to handle stress – all these will help us perform better on the job, and maybe even get a promotion.
4. Will healthy habits improve our finances? Think of all the extra money you can save by reducing, if not downright eliminating, our smoking and drinking habits. Or the medical bills you don’t have to spend on because you suddenly felt chest pains, experienced migraine, or saw a spike in your blood sugar levels?
5.Is there a dream activity or a must-do item on your bucket list that you really, really want to do but can’t unless you are healthy? Have you always wanted to hike mountains, run a marathon, or do a mean turn in the dance hall – but find yourself struggling against obesity and an easily-fatigued body?
What are the other kinds of motivation that can finally spur you to join that weight loss program or regularly prepare and eat a nutritious meal?
Remember: it may be tough at first, but remembering your main reason to become healthy will help you stay on the course.
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