Motivation is like money.
It's nice to have, but you feel like you should have more than you do.
When I was a young trainer in Ottawa, Canada, I had moments where I lacked the motivation to workout.
Don't get me wrong, I was motivated a lot of the time. Just not all the time. And when those periods of low motivation struck, I got worried.
"What's wrong with me? Fitness is my profession. How can I, of all people, be lacking motivation?"
I felt like motivation was some crucial element in the equation of success.
As if I deserved the luxury of a white hot fire burning in my belly during every single workout for the rest of my life.
And if I didn't have that motivation, how could I possibly put in the work necessary to reach my goals?
I know I'm not the only one to feel this way.
This is a top 5 question that I get:
"I want to get in shape.... what do you suggest for staying motivated?"
Granted, there are some crucial Mindset shifts that can keep you from self sabotage. (Check out This Article)
But when it comes to the blissful state of motivation, there's no guarantee you will always have it. So stop counting on it.
What's more important than motivation is decisions.
Decide on the changes you will make. The habits you will change. And the work you will do.
Then do them, no matter what.
Some days your motivation will be sky high. On those days you'll tear through your workouts like I just tore through 2 rolls of sushi.
Other days that motivation won't be there. On those days you take a deep breath, shut off that weak, nagging voice in your head that's begging you to stop, and you do that shit.
Hey, I love motivation. But it comes and it goes.
So enjoy it while it's there, but don't count on it as a necessary ingredient to your success.