Top 5 tips for better motivation
Even the most motivated of us can sometimes feel unmotivated. In fact, we sometimes get into such a slump that it seems too difficult to think about positive change, but it is crucial that we do so. So much so that we chose the name Motivation for our company because we know how important it is to success. In fact, we believe the crucial element to successful weight loss is figuring out what motivates you.
There are two types of motivation – positive and negative. Positive motivation will encourage you to get closer to your goal, while negative motivation is like pulling the handbrake when losing weight. It is important to try to encourage the former rather than the latter.
The good news is that you can influence your own motivation and self-control. The key is to ignite the things that drive and excite you and make it clear what you want while working to achieve your goal regardless of the obstacles. This doesn't mean you won't have a challenging day. Rather, you want to see the bigger picture and pull yourself out of a crisis to move further towards your goal. Sometimes you can take a step back, but then it's another step forward with some work on your motivation.
Positive versus negative
The motivation is often in flux; it comes and goes, but it's important to keep working on it. A client who starts with negative motivation will often move on to more positive motivation, especially with the help and encouragement of their motivational advisor (and by listening to their audio file, “Acquire Positive Motivation”).
Likewise, it is quite normal for someone who is positively motivated to be negatively motivated. We take this up immediately and try to get in touch with our customers by challenging them and encouraging them to think back on what made them lose weight in the first place (This is where visualization can be very useful.
Positive motivation includes common positive thoughts that excite us and bring us closer to our goals. Being positively motivated means thinking about the rewards of reaching our goal and all of the benefits of a healthier lifestyle instead of thinking about what to give up.
Being positively motivated differs from willpower in that it evokes a natural desire to make the right choice (as opposed to conscious self-control). A positively motivated person may want a chocolate cake, but their desire to keep losing weight is stronger, which means that they will make the healthier choices most of the time.
Negative motivation brings with it a deluge of negative thoughts that only serve to hold us back. Examples of this are "I can't do this", "It's too difficult", "I have to give up my favorite food" or "I hate exercise so that it doesn't work". These thoughts are usually motivated by fear (like the fear of failure or the fear of losing something).
Often times someone who is negatively motivated will start a weight loss program for the "wrong" reasons; B. to give in to pressure from a partner. The good news, however, is that we often see customers who can then be positively motivated by experiencing firsthand the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
How to Break Out of the Burglary – Your Top 5 Tips for Better Motivation
1. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones: It is important to monitor your self-talk, which is really the main cause of your break-in.
Spend just a few days becoming aware of every negative thought. I imagine an "angel" (who supports me) and a "devil" (who sabotages me) on my shoulders. I actually picture myself flicking the devil off my shoulder and turning to my angel to hear what they have to say (usually encouraging words like "you're worth it"). For more information on the silence of your weight loss critic, click here.
2. Start small. Really small: If you are having trouble getting started, it may be because you are thinking too big. For example, if you want to work out, you might think that you have to go to the gym 5 days a week. No – take tiny, tiny baby steps instead.
Go to the gym once a week. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it works! Put yourself into this for four weeks and then see how it feels. It's all about small steps – celebrate small achievements and improve the game a little each time.
3. Be excited: If you want to break out of a burglary, enjoy a goal. One way to do this is to visualize the new you – not just how you look, but how you feel (i.e., more confident, lighter, younger).
For me it works to be inspired by others (see below). Then this energy ignites me again and I am back on the right track. Once I do that, the only thing left is to get that energy going and keep it going.
4. Be inspired: Look at others who have achieved what you want to achieve. Read blogs, books, magazines, or listen to podcasts (start here).
Google inspirational quotes and mantras about weight loss or read about our success stories.
5. Think of the benefits rather than the challenges: A common problem is that we think too often about how difficult something is. Plan your meals and exercise more! But instead of thinking about how difficult something is, think about what you are going to make of it.
Instead of focusing on how you don't want to exercise, it's a good idea to quickly think about how good you will feel after you've done it and how you'll be healthier and leaner in the long run. Thinking about the benefits of something will really help you recharge your batteries.
As with all of the top tips, start with one and build from there. Before you know it, each day you are going to include the top 5 tips for better motivation.