How to stay MotivatedJan 24, 2022
How to stay motivated
By Coach Fahad Maniar
One of the questions we often hear from people is "how do I stay motivated to stay committed to my fitness goals".
When I hear this, I often feel that people are missing a very important tactic to stay motivated and committed and it’s a strategy we share with our clients and I am about to share it with you.
But, before I share this tactic, I want to share with you my belief as to why so many people lose motivation and quit on their goals and dreams especially when it comes to fitness.
See, we all have goals. For some, it’s a weight loss goal. For others, they want to gain muscle and sculpt the body of their dreams but, regardless of your goals, there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
For many people, the gap can be quite a big one.
We get caught up so much on the big bright goal far away in the distance that we lose sight of what’s in front of us.
Furthermore, we’ve been conditioned by society to assume that success is all about big wins.
A while ago, I came across a phrase. It was a phrase borrowed from Baseball it it goes like this
“Success comes from simply swinging singles”
In other words, rather than load up to hit the ball out of the park every time, do consistent and simple things to load the bases.
If you don’t understand baseball, that won’t make much sense but, let’s put it this way, Trying to knock the ball out of the park every single time takes more energy and has a higher failure rate than just swinging the bat to try and hit the ball with accuracy.
In other words, it’s the smaller, more consistent forms of action that will yield long term success, not the big, epic wins we keep thinking we need to aim for.
Enter Bright Spots.
A while ago, we introduced the concept of bright spots to our clients. A bright spot is anything that the client can think of that they’ve done that’s positive. It could be really small like just finishing their water during their workout or showing up to the gym to something bigger like losing an extra 3% Body fat that month.
The point of bright spots is to start focussing on positives no matter how small they are.
You see, Success, as Winston Churchill once said, is the ability to go from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm yet. How much enthusiasm can we muster if we keep swinging for home runs and constantly miss?
For example, let’s say your overall goal is to lose 20kg, You see people losing 4kg a month so your goal is to lose 4kg in your first month but you only lost once… You try again in month 2 but again, you only lost 1kg… You give it one more month and you lose only 0.5kg.
You get frustrated that you’re not losing the big 4kg you wanted, are no where near to 20 kg of total body weight loss and feel demotivated.
But by focussing on that big swing, the big 4 kg a month loss, you forget to see your form improve in the gym, your focus and mindset improving, your posture improving, the fact that for the first time in your life, you consistently attended gym sessions, the fact that you’ve changed your nutrition habits for the better.
Imagine if you celebrated all of those smaller things? And, when I mean celebrate, I mean really do a big Snoopy dance and feel great? Would you not feel more motivated then?
Do you think Lewis Hamilton was demotivated that he wasn’t an F1 driver from day 1 or did he have stepping stones of smaller engines and smaller races before he got to the top of his game?
It’s the same with you and I, we need smaller steppings tones on our way to the big goal. Have a big goal in mind but focus on the smaller stepping stones, achieve them, celebrate them and move onto the next stepping stone.
So, if you are struggling with motivation, focus on the small things you’re doing right, celebrate the heck out of them, feel good about them and then keep stepping forward! You’ll be happier, more positive, more consistent and more motivated as a result and… Guess what? You’ll be more likely to succeed with your goals!