Have you gotten to the point that you just hate the thought of working out? You know working out is the solution to your being overweight and out of shape. Unfortunately, the thought of all the time and effort it is going to take is too overwhelming, and you just can’t muster the motivation to start.
Why can’t you get motivated enough to start? Why can’t it just be easier?
You get all pumped to start working out. You join the gym. You go for a week or two, maybe even a month. Time passes. You go less and less and before you know it, you haven’t worked out for months. What the heck happened?
Why can’t you stick with it? Why do you end up hating it?
Possible Problems and Solutions
This can and does happen to many of us. In order to figure out a solution we must first discover the problem.
- How you think about working out
- Your identity
- The environment
- The process you choose
- Your good, better and best
Your thoughts on working out
The thoughts you have about working out are going to determine the level of success you have in sticking with it, and the level of effort you put into it.
Do you think working out:
- Is hard?
- Takes too much time?
- Is inconvenient?
- Is tedious and boring?
- In front of others is awkward and embarrassing?
- Is cutting into time where you feel you could or should be doing other things?
Since we know that your thoughts are what create all of your results, what results do you suppose these thoughts will get you?
It’s time to change your focus and learn how to think differently about working out. Focus on the results you want and let the vision of that result determine your thoughts.
Wherever you place your focus, that’s the results you’ll see in your life.
If you focus on all the reasons working out is a problem, your thoughts, feelings and the results you have will follow down that path. You will have a problem with working out.
What’s a better focus? What thoughts can you start thinking now in order to get the results you want? What is your vision of the results you want?
Change your focus
How do you feel after working out?
- Proud of yourself
Start a new habit of focusing on the positive results you know you’ll feel after your workout. Let these thoughts motivate you to get your workout done. To keep you focused and energized.
Your Workout Identity
What have you labeled yourself? What identity have you taken on around your health and physical appearance?
- Out of shape
- A procrastinator
The identity you take on around your health and fitness level will either hold you back or push you forward depending on what you choose. Really think about how you view yourself.
The key is to start changing the identity you have about yourself into something that moves you forward. Identifying as an unhealthy or overweight person will keep you unhealthy and overweight.
I am statements are key in discovering the identity you have about yourself right now, and also the new identity you want to have. Some identity statements you might have right now:
- I’m fat
- I’m tired
- I’m not motivated
- I’m lazy
- I’m unhealthy
It’s time to change your identity. You are not your results. Your results are simply the sum of the actions you take. They are not who you are.
So who are you?
Start viewing yourself in a different light.
- I’m an athlete
- I’m a runner
- I’m healthy
- I’m fit
… and if you want to go crazy here,
- I’m the workout queen
- I’m the energizer bunny
- I’m the get shit done girl
- I’m the healthy ninja girl
You are whoever you choose to be. Choose something new for yourself. Choose an identity that will help you succeed with the goals you have. Get rid of all the identities that are holding you back.
Then work on BEING that new identity. How would someone with this identity think? Start thinking those thoughts. They will create a new way of feeling and produce the actions and results you ultimately want.
Your Workout Environment
The environment you choose for your workouts is more important than you realize. If you’re not comfortable with how and where you workout, you’re not going to be able to stay motivated for long.
Most gyms offer a free trial period. Take advantage of that. Checkout multiple gyms to find one you really like.
Don’t feel bad if you can’t find one. Some people have more success working out at home. Maybe you prefer working out outdoors. The important thing is, take the time to find what works for you.
The Workout Process You Choose
You’ve decided on a workout and made a commitment to it, but you end up dreading it or even hating it. No workout program is perfect for everyone.
I would rather you started a new workout program every week than to feel stuck in one that you dislike so much that you quit. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to figure out your thing. The thing you will actually enjoy doing and will motivate you.
It’s out there. You just need to find it. Quitting a program does not make you a quitter or a failure or whatever it is your brain is trying to convince you that you are.
Just don’t get so discouraged that you stop working out completely. Try a new program. Try a new type of workout. Change the environment like we talked about earlier. Whatever it takes to keep you moving is perfect for you. Find your sweet spot.
Figure Out Your Good, Better, and Best
Have you ever missed a couple days, or even a few days of working out and felt like you had completely failed?
Well I’ll tell you a little secret. Everyone misses workouts from time to time. Even the most insanely in shape exercise freaks out there miss workouts.
The key here is to stop setting yourself up for failure. Life has a way of invading our lives when we least expect or appreciate it. Take that into consideration when you set up your workout schedule.
Decide on a good, better, best for your workout goals.
Your Good Workout Goals
What is the absolute minimum amount of time you want to achieve each week with your workouts? This is the worst case scenario where life has totally screwed with you. How much time would you need to put in to still feel like you’re moving forward and feel like you’re not backsliding?
Your Better Workout Goals
This is the average amount of time you would like to see yourself working out each week. This is your base time. The average you end up with when you add up your good and best weeks. This amount of time will give you the results you want over time.
Your Best Workout Goals
This is the amount of time you would like to spend when life is cooperating and you’re really feeling pumped. This is the amount of time you shoot for each week. This is your ultimate workout goal.
By choosing good, better, and best workout goals you’re setting yourself up for success. You won’t feel like a failure everytime something happens and you miss a workout. You simply strive for best but are fine if you end up with a better or good week. You simply try for best the next week, but you’re still on track. You don’t feel like you’ve failed.
These 5 things we’ve talked about today will get you to your goals. So remember:
- Change how you think about working out and focus on your results
- Make sure your identity coincides with the who you want to be
- Choose the environment that works best for you
- Choose the method that motivates and inspires you to workout
- Decide on your good, better and best goals
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