You know you want to make better food choices and you know you feel better when you do …
You know you want to exercise consistently and you know you feel better when you do …
BUT … you’re just not motivated.
One of the most common questions I get is “How do I get motivated to eat better and work out consistently?”
My answer is typically … you don’t.
Motivation is a fleeting and unreliable emotion.
Just like any emotion, it comes and goes when it pleases.
Imagine relying on motivation to do your job every day.
Imagine relying on motivation to brush your teeth every day.
Imagine relying on motivation to take care of your kids every day.
Yet, you do those things anyway! (Maybe not the kids part … sometimes you gotta let them fend for themselves.)
Understanding that motivation is fleeting, unreliable, and not necessary to take consistent action … there are still little hacks to get shit done.
It’s not motivation you need … do these 3 things instead
First, realize that action creates motivation – not the other way around.
If you keep waiting for motivation to strike before you take action, you may be waiting a while.
Action comes first … then motivation.
Second, set a schedule!
Think about all of the activities you do consistently … brushing your teeth, showering, making the bed …
It’s routine. You typically do those things at the same time each day and then they become automatic habits.
Guess what … you can do the same for your training and nutrition.
Put your work out time in your calendar. Set the time aside to meal prep and grocery shop.
Don’t just wing it – especially if motivation is lacking. Have a plan and execute.
Third, hire a coach.
You want instant motivation … be accountable to someone other than yourself!
Psychology research shows that this is one of the best “hacks” to get shit done.
We break promises to ourselves more frequently than we break promises to other people.
Investing in a coach means investing in yourself.
You’ll show up more. You’ll take action. You’ll make progress. You’ll create momentum and motivation.
A great coach will also get you to the point of NOT breaking promises to yourself.
I happen to know some amazing coaches that can help – check it out.
The bottom line is you need to DO.
Stop feeding your problems with THOUGHTS (like I need to be motivated or when will I get motivated?).
Start starving your problems with ACTION (like coming up with a plan, setting your schedule, and hiring a coach).
You are in control.