Today I woke up and I didn’t want to do anything.
I didn’t want to do my workout. I didn’t want to follow my eating plan.
And I most definitely didn’t want to write this blog post.
Here’s the thing, though: motivation isn’t something that happens to you out of nowhere. I think we look at successful people and we think, “I just wish I had motivation, like that guy,” or “Some people are so motivated. Why can’t I be?” What we’re not understanding is that even the most successful people in the world have to make their own motivation–or at least give it a jump start.
Here’s what I mean. Next time you have a huge list of things to do, try just starting. No overthinking, no procrastinating, just get up and do SOMETHING.
I did this this morning. It took me a while. I didn’t get going right away. But the less motivated I felt, the more I knew I needed to get started. And as soon as I started making my food, I felt the spark ignite. Then I started my workout. And my motivation got stronger.
I repeat: motivation does NOT happen to you, it’s something you have to invite. Action sparks motivation.
Here’s a trick you can try next time you’re feeling unmotivated to work out. (It’s also a simple experiment that will show you first hand how this works.)
Just tell yourself, “I’m going to workout for 10 minutes. That’s it. I’ll see how I feel after that, but if I still don’t feel motivated, then I’ll stop.” Set a timer and start going. Usually my motivation kicks in like half way through the warmup, and by the time I’m ten minutes in, I’m feeling those endorphins and don’t want to stop.
Try it! It can work for anything, too (housework, office work, projects, preparing your healthy food, planning your week, etc).
Sometimes it might not. And that’s okay. At least you did that 10 minute workout, which is way better than nothing.
This blog post is really short, but it’s better than nothing, and you probably prefer them to be short and to the point anyway.
You are the one who controls your own motivation, and the more action you take, the more motivation you make. (See? I made up a motivational quote and everything. All because I just started.)