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Finding Your Inner Motivation

Anyone else have those days where you wake up with a whole list of things you need to do, or even what to do but you just have 0 motivation to do anything at all.  You barely move past the getting out of bed and brushing your teeth, forget making the bed and taking a shower!

It is a part of human nature that there will be times that, in spite of all that we need to do, and even desire to, we will find ourselves not wanting to do anything.

What separates those who successfully conquered from those who maintain the status quo is the ability to find inner motivation at those critical moments when we are in dire need to conquer complacency and move into action.  

If you feel the dread of taking action towards your list of getting stuff done then here are a few tips for you:

Connect the action with good vibes - not pain.

We often connect each action with either pain or pleasure, this is how we learn from infants on up through adulthood.  When we lack motivation, we're probably associating the action we are thinking about with pain, rather than pleasure. A great example is the gym: when you don’t really feel like going to the gym you are probably associating workout out with having no time, the pain of weight lifting or the boringness of running on a treadmill.  

What can you do to reassociate yourself to remind yourself that the gym is a good thing, not a bad thing?  You will feel better about yourself, you get time all to yourself without worrying about others, you get to listen to music, you will get stronger, you will live longer.

When we begin to run those kinds of tapes through our minds, we release our internal motivating force and change our attitude about the action that we are considering.

Change Up Your Routine

Sometimes we just end up dreading the routine of getting to the gym and not the results itself.  If you are constantly doing the same exercises on the same days then #1 you might be missing out on a chance to grow and #2 you are bound to get bored sooner or later.  Change it up and learn some new exercises!

So instead of 30 to 45 minutes on a treadmill, break down your aerobic exercise routine into a number of different areas. In one workout, mix up the treadmill with the reclining cycle and the rowing machine to give yourself a break from the routine.

Reward Yourself

If you need a little revitalizing to jump start your to-do list then set up a little incentive for yourself.  I’ll go treat myself to a walk in the park if I get my list done, I’ll grab a tasty smoothie after my workout if I get it all in, or I’ll allow myself a 15-minute nap after I’ve done all my house cleaning!  

Create a new incentive to push through the work—and let it help fire up your motivation!

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