One of the greatest struggles I had before I finally got around to making healthier lifestyle choices was becoming motivated to take action. This is a hard and challenging journey for most people, especially if you haven’t had any life-changing experiences, or struggle with self-belief as I once did.
Regardless of your situation, circumstance, or where you are currently at, I want you to know that you aren’t the only one that has ever experienced this resistance. Becoming a motivated individual and an action taker will require a shift of mindset. That alone will be 90% of your battle.
I can promise you right now that it is much more difficult than it sounds. Changing the way you think is going to require you to get out of your comfort zone, and will take a dedicated amount of effort on your part.
So ill begin by saying this…
If you are not willing to go to war with your feelings, then you can simply stop reading right now…There will be no fluff in this article, just the simple truth of what it takes.
Coming from a veteran of the constant failures and mental battles that I faced when pursuing change, I can guarantee you that 99.9% of the time, your feelings and emotions will become your biggest obstacle.
However, if you truly desire to change your life to becoming a healthier and happier individual, then you will begin to make decisions because they are a responsibility, and not because you feel like it.
The Big Challenge
You will have good days and bad days. Sometimes you will feel like making better healthier decisions for yourself, and other days you will revert back to old habits.
Continuing this kind of pattern will prevent you from experiencing those victories you need in order to get excited about your progress, and will only discourage you from persevering through the mental battles that we all face day to day.
So to help you get on the right path to making that mental shift required to become motivated and excited about your personal health journey, we listed 5 things you can start doing today, to help you get on track.
5 Work Habits That Can Help You Stay Motivated
1. Feed Your Brain With Positive Thoughts
What you put in your brain will ultimately determine how both your conscious and subconscious mind operates. Every single experience that we allow to enter our mind affects how we respond and think about certain things, including our thoughts around health.
If you find yourself to be an unmotivated person, it’s highly likely that you are not surrounding yourself with enough positive input. Lingering in negativity also drains you of mental and emotional energy, causing you to take little to no action.
Feeding your brain with positive thoughts and ideas will help shift your perspective and change the way you think, act and respond to adversaries. It will also help you become a more energized and optimistic person.
Action steps you can take
So what can you do DAILY, to help you become a more positive and energetic person? Simple! You start by embarking on a life long personal growth journey. This can include daily routines which you can commit to daily and that are geared to bettering you as a person.
A daily personal growth plan can include;
- Reading self-help ‘non-fiction’ books
- Listening to audios, e-books, and seminars
- YouTubing inspirational videos, and seminars
- Practicing positive daily affirmations
- Finding and posting positive quotes
Taking these actions daily will start to re-wire your brain and shift the way you think.
You will find that after some time, you will find yourself coming up with new ideas and develop a certain hunger to bettering yourself as a person. As a result, you will make healthier decisions, not because you have to, but because you want to. At that point, consistency becomes a part of your DNA.
2. Reduce The Amount Of Time Spent Watching TV
Many people do not realize how much of a de-motivating factor television can be. This was both my my wife’s and I’s greatest challenge.
At one point we were addicted to binge watching shows and movies for two to three hours every day, sometimes even longer on weekends. This added up to almost 18 hours a week, equaling to 72 hours a month. We became addicted and dependant on watching TV, and as time went on, we started to neglect our health the longer we continued to fry our precious brains!
I’m not suggesting that you cut out television completely, but if you are dependant on it to a point where you became a couch potato, then maybe its time to consider making some changes.
Watching tv excessively also entices you to snack on junk food late at night and can prevent you from getting a quality sleep, therefore sabotaging your overall health.
Action steps you can take
Rather than spending hours watching television, try going outside for a walk or a run. You can even take some time to go out with a friend or significant other.
You do not have to scrap watching television altogether. Instead, set a budgeted time of one or two movies a week as a reward for following through.
Also, if you live with someone, you can make each other accountability partners. Two people working together is always better than one and can make staying disciplined much more achievable.
3.Set Goals And Create A Plan
As the famous quote says; ‘if you aim at nothing, you are destined to hit it.’
If you don’t have a clear path of your plan to achieve your goal, the idea of becoming healthy will seem overwhelming and hard to swallow.
A plan with short term and long term goals will help you take on the challenges of achieving a healthy lifestyle in bite-size pieces. Before you know it, you will start to have fun setting new targets and celebrating your victories.
Action steps you can take
Begin by taking 10 to 15 minutes to think about what you desire most, and visualize the best and healthiest version of yourself. Then get a pen and paper and start to reverse engineer the process by writing down all the daily actions required in order to get to your desired outcome.
Be sure to create a 1 month, 3 month, 6 months and 1-year goal. You can even start as little as 1 week if you find a month to be too intimidating at first. The key here is to get it down on paper.
There is a kind of magic that happens when you visually see your goals and plan them. It’s almost like having a map with you, rather than trying to memorize your entire route off by heart.
4. Evaluate Your Association
One of the greatest lessons that I ever learned when I started perusing success in different areas in my life, was that you become the product of your association. This is nothing new. In fact, every successful person that I ever studied had adopted and shared this idea.
People who you spend time with regularly will influence how you think and make decisions. This can poor into many areas of your life, including the choices you make around health.
Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of setting boundaries or changing who they associate with. This was also one of my challenges.
I then realized that I picked up patterns and habits from my friends, which ultimately led to my poor decision making, including partying all the time, drinking, watching movies, and eating junk food irresponsibly. All these things combined led to laziness, low self-esteem, and anxiety.
Action steps you can take
First, do not go out and about snipping people out of your life. This is the wrong way of handling this and it is still important to maintain relationships, regardless of the circumstance. I took this aggressive approach when I was first introduced to the idea of setting boundaries, and you could only imagine how that went…
What you can do initially, is sit down and have a conversation with your friends or the people that you spend time with most to see if they are open to making changes with you. This can include going on a diet plan, going for a jog or to the gym everyday together.
Explain to them that you are pursuing change and would love for them to join you on the journey. If they say yes and agree, fantastic! If they reject your decision or idea, simply tell them the importance of why you want to change, and that in order to succeed, you will be spending less time with them.
The more that you help them understand why you are pursuing greater and better things, the easier the conversation will be.
Of course, this is not an easy thing to do and can be very uncomfortable, especially if you maintained a relationship with that person for a very long time. However, it all comes down to how serious you are about making changes, and your will to finally do something about it.
The beauty of evaluating toxic relationships and setting these boundaries is that as time goes on, you will attract like-minded people to you. You will form new relationships along the way, and build valuable friendships which will help build you up as a person and encourage you to stay on track.
5. Just Get Started!
The last point is simple but not easy, and that is simply to get started!
There is magic in setting goals, planning it out and just going for it. You will feel more productive and have a sense of accomplishment, even just by setting things in motion.
A great example is going to the gym to start your own workout, or going for a run. That first initial phase of getting moving is always the hardest, even for professional athletes and experts. But they all understand the power of taking that first leap.
Once you overcome that first initial obstacle of getting started, you will then discover your own rhythm which will untimely lead you to on the path of becoming that motivated and driven person that you always envisioned yourself to be.
The Bottom Line
This all may seem like a lot of work and can be uncomfortable due to certain changes that have to be made. But it is important to understand that becoming motivated when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, demands that you become and maintain the best version of yourself on a daily basis. The only way this can happen is by managing your thoughts and staying disciplined.
Remember, it is much easier to fall off track than it is to get on and stay on. This is why consistency is the secret sauce to all this.
Lastly, I want to stress the importance of implementing all 5 of these tips. Each one serves as a pillar supporting a massive foundation of how you make decisions, your energy, and who you are as a person.
Build each of these pillars slowly one day at a time, regardless of your circumstances. In time, you will be surprised at who you will become down the road.
Live longer, think clearer, being more optimistic and becoming your best self, these are all outcomes of having the willingness to staying the course, physically and mentally.
So head up, and get to work. If you fall, get back up and keep going, and remember that champions are made by how many times they get up, and not how many wins they have.
Did you implement any of the tips in this article? If so, let me know your progress and experience’s in the comments below, or simply send us an email if you have related questions.
Daniel has a dedicated history and passion for health and wellness. His journey began when he served in the Canadian Forces while pursuing bodybuilding for a hobby. Through several years he learned about what it takes to achieve a healthy lifestyle holistically and now desires to help others get on track.