When results slow down and the novelty of your goals start to wear off, it’s not motivation you need, but commitment.
Think of motivation as doing what success requires, but only when you feel mentally and emotionally inclined to do so. So, only when you feel like it.
Think of commitment as adopting an attitude of ‘whatever it takes’. No matter what, you won’t let anything stand in your way and if something does, you’ll find a way around it.
You need to be motivated to start a fat loss program but this is usually the easy bit. You are motivated by a health scare, an upcoming event, or because you can’t fit into your skinny jeans anymore.
These are good examples of things that motivate you to take action, but this alone will not see you succeed. What will happen when it’s raining outside, you have a social engagement or you simply don’t feel like it? Without a doubt, some days you you’ll just want to curl up on the couch and eat a bag of Twisties.
It’s okay…it’s natural. Motivation ebbs and flows.
You aren’t going to feel 100% motivated every day to eat right and exercise. Accept it – but don’t let that be an excuse to fail!
What really matters to your success is your commitment level. When your motivation drops you need to rely on your commitment because along the way there will undoubtedly be many opportunities to quit.
Once motivation starts to slip, people generally become a little complacent. They’ll skip a workout session. They’ll eat more than they should. They’ll say ‘bugger it, I’m having dessert’. Then they’ll assume that since they’ve messed up, they’ve ruined everything – and ultimately that they might as well forget about it and go back to overeating and being lazy.
If you aren’t 100% committed to doing whatever it takes no matter how you are feeling, it will be easy to start graduating back toward your old habits. So, before you start your fitness and fat loss program be sure to write down your goals and be even surer to fully commit to them. Regularly revisit and recommit to achieving your goals. Because to experience true success, when your motivation disappears, your commitment must remain.
You have to ask yourself what are you personally committed to doing in your life today that will bring you closer to your fitness goals? How will that happen?
You can have goals, but you still need commitment to doing whatever it takes to achieve them. Most people are fine as long as their goals are within their own comfort level.
It’s when things start to get a bit difficult and they don’t feel like doing it anymore that they give up. Commitment is what is needed to get you over the other side. Just identifying that there will be a time, or indeed many times, when you don’t feel like continuing, is a great start. You are aware. And now you can do something about that.
As an example of operating within your own comfort level, you may be perfectly comfortable giving up a certain food simply because you don’t care about it that much. You can willingly give up potato chips. But you didn’t really like them all that much to begin with – so it was a pretty comfortable sacrifice.
But what happens when it comes to avoiding ice cream or chocolate – things you know aren’t healthy but things that you like to eat on regular occasions. My bet is that you will start to look for a way to get around it.
You might promise yourself that you will only eat a small half cup of ice cream, but both you and I know that you’ll end up eating a larger portion or even the entire tub. Quite simply, if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and eliminate it completely, you aren’t going to see success and if you aren’t committed to doing so, you are wasting your time.
What we want and what we are committed to can be two completely different things. People are in love with the idea of change and the idea of getting lean and fit. But very few are actually willing to put up what’s needed in order to see awesome results.
It takes effort, discipline, sacrifice, self-control and perseverance. It’s not easy. But it is worth it, a million times over. You’re going to look and feel like a brand new person and that effect will translate to every other part of your life. You’ll wonder why you didn’t get your act together much sooner.
Look back over your list of goals and your reasons for getting in shape. Are you willing to do the work necessary to make these changes? Are you willing to honour yourself promises day in and day out in order to see success – even when you may not feel like it? If so, you’re the one that will finish up at the end of your challenge with amazing results while most others are right back to square one.
Tell me, how do you maintain commitment? Leave me a comment!