Ever get motivated to work out?
A friend starts up an exercise program and asks you to come along. You start dreaming about how great you’re gonna look.
You’re all ready to go.
You get started and you’re really excited!
Then, a few days or a few weeks in, things go sideways.
It starts with being late for a workout or skipping one because of a last-minute meeting at work.
“No worries, you think. I’ll make up for it.
But then the rest of your schedule fills up, family and social obligations cramp your schedule. You keep thinking “II’ll get back to it next week. I just have to make it through this stretch. That’ll work, right?”
I’ve heard this a thousand times and no. It won’t work. Your routine won’t work until you can make it consistent, day after day, week after week, year after year. This is why I’m not a huge fan of motivation…
Motivation is Fleeting
Motivation is a funny thing. We definitely need it. It helps us start projects that would otherwise seem too daunting.
But motivation is also fleeting.
It comes and goes.
And usually it goes away because we bite off more than we can chew.
“I’m going to start exercising. I’m going to workout 5 days a week! I’m going to eat nothing but protein and kale! Just think how good I’ll look in 3 weeks! This will be great!”
I know because I’ve done it. And I’ve failed at it. Many times.
This is why I’m not such a big fan of motivation. It’s good from time-to-time but it doesn’t help you in your day-to-day. So what’s better, you ask?
Why Habits Crush Motivation
I much prefer habits.
If you do something very small but you do it consistently, you will get way further than the depressing cycle of getting motivated and falling apart over and over and over and over…
Doing 10 push ups a day for a year is better than doing 150 push ups once a month followed by 29 days of self-pity and binge eating.
Habits don’t get much press because they’re not as sexy as motivation.
Healthy habits like walking more and getting to bed on time are pretty mundane. They’re not exciting like a celebrity diet that promises you’ll lose 10lbs in 10 days or some other nonsense.
But if you can make regular exercise, healthy eating, good sleep, and proper recovery a part of your daily habits, you’ll be amazed at the changes you can make to your body. You won’t lose 10lbs in 10 days but you’ll be leaner, stronger, fitter, and happier than you’ve ever been. I promise.
Pick an easy habit that you know will make you healthier and do it consistently. Give it an honest two weeks and see if you don’t feel even just a little bit better.