Monday, June 20, 2011

Motivation: Where Is It?

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So you want to become motivated. You want to start going to the gym and get on that cardio machine. You want to get rid of weight and feel great. You want to fit into those pants you haven't slipped on in more than five years. You want to look in the mirror and finally smile back at yourself because you feel confident in how you look and in how you present yourself. 

First of all, do it for YOU and no one else. YOU are the only person who can make YOU happy. YOU are in control of your life. Secondly, identify what's making you feel the way you are feeling. Is it the beer gut? Or how about those saddlebags? Can you just not get rid of that trouble area? You're always looking in the mirror and picking yourself apart. You think to yourself that you'll never get to where you want to be. Guess what? You're right. You think it, that's exactly what's going to happen. You'll get that beer gut, those saddlebags won't go away, and that trouble area... it's staying! Let those negative thoughts go. 

What do your negative thoughts do to yourself? They bring you down, right? They make you feel even more insecure. 

Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. Where do you want your body to go? How do you want to feel? Convert all your negative thoughts into positive ones. "I hate my body" to "I love my body" or "I'll never get fit" to "I will get fit". Still don't think it's possible to do this? Here's a challenge for you - DO IT. Remember, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. Set small goals for yourself so you actually stick with it. Don't just make it a resolution and have it fizzle out a month later. Words and phrases drive action. Make them positive! 

Ok so you have the positive words and phrases down pact. Now all you have to do is put them into action and you're well on your way to being and staying motivated. If you need to, write yourself a note or an email to "get to the gym". Print out pictures of people's physique that you want to emulate and hang them on your fridge, in your cubicle at work, or in your wallet. Let that be a reminder as to where you see yourself. 

Be fit. Stay fit. It feels so good to be healthy! YOU CAN DO IT!

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