Do you ever feel like you want to be more motivated to lose weight, but that motivation just isn’t there?
Perhaps you always start out strong. You have the best of intensions to see maximum results but yet, as soon as that diet starts, two weeks in, you have no desire to continue.
Do either of those sound true?
Motivation is something that everyone seems to want and few people ever have.
But here’s the ugly secret about motivation: it will never be enough to sustain you.
Motivation in itself comes and goes. This is normal and natural. Here’s the truth: YOU ARE NOT ABNORMAL. There is nothing wrong with you if you find that you can’t keep your motivation up. It’s natural. Even in the fittest and leanest of people, motivation comes and goes.
So how do you get around this?
How can you stick with your plan then?
It all boils down to three things.
- Knowing your internal reasons for doing this.
- Adjusting your expectations.
- Making the active decision to stick with it when times get hard.
Let’s break these down for you.
- Knowing Your Internal Reasons For Doing This
If I were to ask you why you wanted to go on this diet, what would you say? To lose weight? To have more energy? To look better for a certain person?
This is all great. I mean, there is nothing wrong with this. But these will not sustain you.
I want you to dig deeper. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it because your current weight is impacting your self-esteem and that is impacting your desire to create the life that you want for yourself?
If yes, remember that reason. It’s far more powerful than simply wanting to ‘lose weight. You need to have some internal dialog with yourself and keep asking yourself why. Ask the question why until you get down to your very core reasons – the reasons that are critical to you. You aren’t doing this for someone else. You need to be doing it for you and you must figure out the reasons why it’s so important that you succeed.
Once you have these driving reasons, you’ll come to find that your need for motivation no longer exists. You just do what you need to becomes achieving your goals is more important to you than the alternative.
- Adjusting Your Expectations
Another thing you need to do to combat the issue of lack of motivation is adjusting your expectations. Too many people go in thinking it’s going to be all sunshine and roses.
Let me be the first to tell you, it isn’t.
Dieting and losing weight, it’s not easy. If it was, everyone would be thinner. It’s that simple. You need to go in expecting a challenge.
You need to go in knowing that a little hunger isn’t going to kill you. It is okay.
You also need to realize that times will get hard. You’ll want to give in and it’s at these moments, you need to decide what’s most important. Is it the taste of that cake or is it the taste of victory of reaching your goal weight?
In some cases, the cake may win out. That’s okay. It’s what you do after you eat the cake that matters. Overall, you simply need to moving forward. If you are, you’re going in the right direction.
By adjusting your expectations and going in expecting a bit of a challenge, you won’t ‘lose your motivation’ at the first sign of things getting harder.
This is what happens to so many people time and time again. They’re only motivated when it feels easy. As soon as it feels hard, the motivation is gone.
Expect it to be hard and you won’t be let down when it becomes so.
Now, this isn’t to say dieting will be torture. It shouldn’t feel this way. If it does, that’s a sign you aren’t on the right diet plan. I don’t want to scare you here into thinking this isn’t something you can’t do.
You can do it – I believe in you! I just don’t want you thinking it’ll be easy and setting yourself up for disappointment and a loss of motivation.
- Making An Active Decision To Stick With It When Times Get Hard
Finally, you need to make an active decision to stick with it when times get hard. Basically, you need to decide for yourself that reaching your goals – achieving those ‘why’s is more important than any short-term satisfaction you’ll get from eating a certain food or the comfort of skipping a workout to lay on the couch instead.
You need to be mentally ready to make that call. Until you are, you might not be fully mentally prepared to go on a diet plan. It’s all about getting yourself in the right place – wanting it so bad you can virtually taste it.
When you get to that place, the need for motivation fades away. You know those people who seem to be naturally motivate no matter what? It’s like they are on autopilot, just carrying out their program without a problem?
They have reached this place. They know that the feeling they’ll get from being fit, being confident, and knowing they are in control over their body is far greater than any feeling they’ll get from food or comfort.
As such, they just do it. They don’t even need to think about – it just happens.
Yes, it may take some time to get to this place, but if you focus in and really find what matters to you here – what’s driving you, I promise, it will be easier than you think.
And when you do, you’ll no longer feel like you lack motivation. Motivation won’t cross your mind. You’ll be too busy, taking action!
So think about these three steps. Focus on implementing them in your life and your need for motivation will be a thing of the past.