Is your BUT bigger than your WHY

One of my missions this year has been figuring out how to get people to make lifelong changes toward their fitness and health goals. You see, getting in shape and getting your dream body is simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The hard part about making lasting fitness and health changes is the “change” part. Its easy to stick with the status quo and keep doing what you are doing if staying in the same place means you don’t feel immediate pain.

One of the main questions I get asked as a health coach is “How do I get motivated?” It seems like a straight forward question but the REAL answer is pretty complicated. Sure I can give you tons of tips on how to make eating right and exercising a habit: Schedule your gym time, don’t buy junk food at the grocery store, invite a friend to workout so you have an accountability partner, create a kick a$$ playlist that makes you want to move. But really, at the end of the day your motivation comes from within you.

You have to make your reason for changing so important that it cancels out all of your excuses. In other words, you have to make your “why” bigger than your “but.” You have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. The pain of same has to be greater than the pain of change. I can keep going with the motivational sayings, but you get the idea. Your reason for wanting to get fit has to be big enough to make changing your behavior the only option.

So how do you do that? I find it helpful to write things down. First, make a list of everything that bothers you right now about not being in shape. That can be anything thing from: I don’t feel good physically to I don’t like the way I look in my clothes. Look over your list and let it settle in, maybe even read it aloud. Get angry, let your self feel the emotions that come from the items you wrote down. Next, write a list of what you want to accomplish by getting in shape and how that will feel or what it will mean to you. Look that list over, let it sink in and maybe read it aloud as well. Post that paper somewhere where you will see it often (maybe the refrigerator ;)). Then, take action. Do one thing that moves you toward your fitness goals: go to the gym, throw out your junk food, go for a walk, etc.

Getting motivated isn’t always easy, but having a big reason that pushes your forward will help you achieve your goals. Motivation + Action = Success!

What do you do to stay motivated?