I want to talk about something REALLY important that I’ve noticed as a personal trainer.
So many of us get excited to try the newest and latest workout plan, or follow the trendiest diet. You see something new and think… THIS IS IT.
You give it a go, it lasts for a few days or even months, but then before you know it you’re back to where you started from (or worse) and are looking for the next new thing.
Well, today I want to talk about something that has the power to put an END to all of this madness!
In fact, I would argue that if we all did this one thing, we wouldn’t be as tempted by all the latest trends or new diet plans, because we wouldn’t have to rely on something new to keep us motivated all the time.
I call that SOS, or shiny object syndrome!
What if instead, we put some of that energy into building a DAILY positivity practice?
Not only would it help us stay on-track fitness-wise, it would actually help in every area of our lives, because it would strengthen our “motivation muscles.”
Creating a positivity practice might sound woo-woo, but it’s actually very practical. All you have to do is continually surround yourself with things that motivate you, inspire you, and make you feel good!
Who doesn’t want that?
So, why don’t more of us take time to motivate ourselves every day?
I think it’s because we’re programmed to think that motivation is something that’s supposed to just magically appear, or is reserved for only certain types of people.
Or we look at successful people and think, “Of course they are motivated. Look at how successful they are!”
But we never stop to think about HOW they became successful in the first place, or the mindset that it took for them to get there.
The truth is, motivation and positivity takes WORK. It takes TIME and, yes, a little bit of PATIENCE and a lot of CONSISTENCY.
Have you ever heard the saying, “What you focus on becomes your reality”?
It’s true! So why not focus on things that make you feel great?
The most driven people I know actually work really hard at STAYING motivated! They create and follow routines and establish HABITS that support their goals and growth.
They read books, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and they spend time journaling and reflecting.
Mostly, they do a variety of things that move themselves forward – and those small actions build on themselves and compound over time.
So, how do you begin to create a positivity practice? Super simple!
All you do is set aside 5 to 10 minutes a day to watch videos that get you pumped up to reach your goals, or you read or listen to books that inspire you.
STARTING your day off with a dose of motivation and positivity is always a good idea because it sets the tone for the ENTIRE day.
Here are some things I do to stay inspired and motivated:
1. Meditate daily (I use the calm app)
2. Listen to Podcasts like Marie Forleo and Rachel Hollis
3. I write out my goals and decide which projects I need to tackle today
What books and podcasts do YOU listen to to help keep you motivated? I would love to hear them! Head over to my FB or IG account and let me know!
Give it a try and see how much difference it can make in your life!