Overcoming and preventing loss of motivation
There are going to be those times where you fall into a rut, whether it is with training, eating habits or just general motivation for life. This is a normal part of living however it is up to you if you chose to stay in this low or break free from your own lies. What I mean is when we fall into this kind of funk you will probably be telling yourself ‘it is ok’, ‘it happens to everyone’, ‘I will get going again soon’ but when will this madness end? When will you start doing what you need to do, to get to where you want to be? Things don’t just happen. So when you find yourself in a bad headspace it is important to find a way to move through it. Don’t stay there! It is not a kind place be, no one is happy there or grows there.
How did you get there? I find by retracing my steps I can often figure out the turning point as to when something went a miss. I like to analyse and understand situations, so for me personally this is a crucial piece of the puzzle for self-growth and prevention in the future. Lately I will admit my training routine has gone out the window, well I’ve been going to the gym nearly as much as normal but the sessions have been abysmal to say the least. You know it’s bad when you spend more time in your training session staring at the ceiling of the gym than actually working out. How did I get there, the catalyst to my gym sessions failing was not having a program or goals. Everyone and every situation is different so making a quick timeline can be a great way of finding out how you got to here you are now. When you can identify that pivotal moment where things started to spiral out of control you can move to the next phase of breaking free.
How to break free. Again this is very subjective, for me having a program and goals to aspire to is key. A favourite saying of mine is, ‘Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail!’. So I need to take my own advice here and there and in this scenario plan my own program. Planning will always help guide you through any maze in life and thus offer a path to resolution. I find it essential to write goals down, no matter how outrageous they may seem. When putting big goals down, break them down further, what can you do each day to get to where you want to be? What small actions need to be accomplished to tick your goals off? Don’t be afraid to set goals that will stretch you! ‘Aim for the moon and if you fall short you will still be among the stars!’.
Keeping training mojo and nutrition on point is much easier when you have identified what triggers lapses so you can have a fool proof escape plan and that way succeeding the only option. It is essential to not only have goals but to regularly reassess them to stay accountable and to continually reach for greater heights. If you do find you regularly fall off the bandwagon before achieve your goals, then go back to the drawing board and make a new plan! There is no wrong way to get where you need to go, so long as you ensure you find a way. I remember reading a child’s book years ago, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and I will never forget the lines, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared……..We can’t go over it, we can’t go under. We’ve got to go through it!’ Sometimes we can’t always go through, so find whatever way you can go, just keep moving and never give up on your goals or dreams. Chase them down and then set new ones. Let Men at Work be your mantra moving forward to prevent you from stalling;
‘Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride, Nobody’s gonna slow me down, Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving…’
4 U Body Fitness Mobile Personal Training Specialist