Tips to motivate yourself to exerciseMotivation is a tricky thing.  Many of us long for a magic wand we can simply wave and POOF!  …we feel like being productive or active.  Sometimes we feel like it is someone else’s job to motivate us.  While external motivation can be beneficial (photos, a friend, a group…) it is ultimately up to us to get our rears in gear!

I’ve helped hundreds of clients be able to push past blah and reach their “AH-HA!” by guiding them through these easy to follow tips:

1.CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE

We don’t have control over very much in this life, but we DO have control of our attitudes and reactions.  Ask yourself what you’re excited about regarding the task you’re trying to motivate yourself to do.  If you’re trying to get motivated to exercise, ask yourself why you want to do it?  Do you ENJOY your exercise?  If yes, use that to help get excited.  If no, then find a different workout!  Exercise shouldn’t be a punishment!

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 7.53.52 AMThen ask yourself what it makes you feel. Do you feel accomplished?  Productive? Energized?  Think about these GOOD feelings and keep going!

2. Start small and create momentum

So often we think we need to do it all at once.  Maybe it is cleaning.  Perhaps running a 5k or doing a triathlon.  Every expert was once a beginner!  If cleaning is something you struggle with getting motivated to do (I know I DO!!!) then instead of thinking about cleaning your entire house, choose one room and then choose one specific task.  Once you get started, you’ll create the momentum you need to keep you going.  This works with exercise, too.  There are many days I don’t feel like training, but once I start I have plenty of motivation to finish!

3. Eat that Frog!

Mark Twain once said that, “If the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing that’s going to happen to you all day long.”  Now, I’m not one for touching frogs, little alone eating one…but the idea is that if you do the HARDEST task first, then you get it out of the way.  Once you’ve “eaten the frog”, you’re often motivated by feeling accomplished.  When I first ready Brian Tracy’s book titled “Eat That Frog” I immediately

4. SMART goals!

I know I talk a lot about goals, and specifically SMART goals, but seriously — if you want to motivate yourself, you have to turn on your GPS to success.  SMART goals are your GPS.  If you have a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goal that you are working towards, then that helps with your motivation.   Be SMART to stay motivated!

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 7.55.12 AM5. Listen & Learn!

If you follow me on any of my social media outlets you know I”m always sharing motivational and inspiration content.  WHY?  1) it helps to keep me accountable and 2) it keeps ME motivated!  I listen to audio books, podcasts, YouTube, Periscope, Facebook Live, Music… I listen & learn to keep myself energized and excited and MOTIVATED!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23

What is YOUR best tip for getting (and staying!) motivated?

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12 Replies to “Motivate Yourself with These 5 Simple Tips”

  1. Terrific tips to help us get motivated and do what needs to be done. During a time in my life that was quite difficult, I adopted the habit of accomplishing at least three things a day. That made my days seem less overwhelming while making my goals realistic and possible. Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. Enjoyed reading your suggestions. 😉

  2. Was motivated and inspired by this blog. For me attitude is number one. When I let go of the resistance and bring myself into a space of being willing, it makes everything easier!

  3. When I’m struggling to get motivated for a work out because I’m tired, I always remember the feeling I get after a workout. As they say ‘you never regret a workout’ and it’s so true.
    Not to mention the weight I’ve lost and would like to keep off.

  4. Really needed this as days are soon to be shorter. Love to walk in the evening with hubby; But, with colder weather and clock fall back time, walking will come to an end. So will need motivation to start a new routine.

  5. Love love love this article. I have a daily success ritual that helps me stay motivated. I remind myself why I’m worth it and the energy required to live out my purpose. Sleep is a huge factor for me, too. I “finally” give myself the gift of enough sleep and it makes all the difference.

  6. eating the frog is my favorite tip! When I get overwhelmed with too many tasks, I ask myself. What is the MOST important thing I can do now? It really helps to crystallize the mishmash of things to do

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