Motivation can be sneaky. It’s always there in the beginning but sometimes it goes away just as quickly as it came in. Not exactly my favorite kind of relationship.
The conversation could easily go something like this:
Me: Oh there you are, hi!
Motivation: Oh hey! Lovely to see you again! I’m here to help you conquer the world baby, let’s do this!
Me: Yeah I’m ready! Let’s go!
Me: Are you still there motivation? It’s me, Mindi.
Anyway… motivation tends to be really powerful in the beginning and then reality sets in and the big wave of excitement we felt just days or weeks ago is nowhere to be found. I’m pretty sure that for the past few weeks my workout motivation has been hiding under some bushes somewhere or something because it’s been really hard to come by. I think being 10 days out from graduating from college isn’t helping but I decided to dig a little bit to see how I can help get myself back on track and what I stumbled upon was really helpful so I wanted to share it with you too.
I am pretty aware that the ‘secret’ to motivation is that it’s something that is ongoing. It’s not set and forget, it’s more like a rollercoaster ride that goes on and on with jumps and dips all along the way so we must constantly analyze, adjust and adapt when things don’t seem to be going very well. This happens to everybody. The important thing to remember is to recognize when things aren’t going very well and make adjustments so that we keep moving forward and resist the temptation to give up. Ahh yeah… the hard part.
Before we get to the questions, I want you to think about your biggest goal. What do you have your eyes and heart set on? What is it that you want for yourself? It doesn’t have to be health-related!
Are you trying to lose weight?
Do you want to work on staying on schedule with your program?
Do you want to start eating healthier?
Do you want to go back to school to start a new career?
Do you want to save up the money for a down payment on a new car that will comfortably fit your family?
Whatever it is, get it in the front of your mind right now. Better yet? Grab a pen and piece of paper and write it down in a journal (or on a Post-It note).
Once you’ve done that, proceed to the questions below. :)
10 Thought-Provoking Questions to Help You Find Your Motivation
When answering these questions, be as specific as possible. Also, the “it” in each question is the goal you’ve got your heart set on.
Q. Why do I want it?
Q. What am I willing to do to achieve it?
Q. What is getting in the way of my success? How can I change that?
Q. Do I need to make a change in my attitude or the way I think?
Q. How will life be different for me once I achieve it?
Q. How can I use stress and negative thinking to propel me forward?
Q. What am I sacrificing by keeping the ‘problem’?
Q. How bad do I really want it?
Q. Who do I know in my life that can support the positive changes I want to make?
Q. What is the first step I need to take?
Q. Who else can do it for me?
It’s easy to get motivated at the beginning of anything new. It’s exciting! When the excitement wears off… it’s really up to you to stay motivated because ultimately, motivation has to come from within. Motivational quotes, pictures and people can help, but who has to actually do the work? You.
If you get serious with yourself and sit down to think about why you want what you do, it begins to have more meaning to you. It gives you a deeper connection to your goals and your willingness to work towards them. Whenever your motivation begins to wane, visit these questions again to remind yourself what it is that you’re working for and why.