Many of my clients have come in complaining of a lack of motivation; from not being motivated enough on the job, to not being able to diet, quit smoking, or get out of bed in the morning. They desire to achieve both positive and negative motivations—positive motivations and being motivations toward doing something; negative motiviations being toward NOT doing something (not smoking, for example).
Joey prides himself on getting up at 5am to get in a training run before going to work, while Leah relies on her smartphone to prod her to get in a walk in the evening. Marcy loves to see numbers, so she uses a pedometer and tracks her progress in a log each day. And Ian meets up with a buddy at the gym to get in his workout three days a week. Each of them has figured out a way to stick with their exercise routine and stay motivated.
Don't ever say you can't, because you can. You can always make it happen at the eleventh hour, just before the buzzer or when your back is against the wall. For most people, pressure is what pushes us through resistance, mental blocks and mediocrity. Although this is normal human behavior, it also means that you CAN do better. You CAN gain control over your time management, stress levels, perceived obstacles and excuses.
Today on New Years millions of people are making their resolutions. Few will succeed, and the rest will be disappointed with themselves. Not a great way to start the year.
You know you should exercise, and you may even like the idea of it. Yet once you start doing it, your ability to stick with it disappears within weeks or even days. It is not uncommon to struggle with exercising regularly, and most people think it is a simple matter of having enough willpower to force themselves to go to the gym three to four days a week. That can work under the right circumstances, but willpower is not enough to sustain long-term exercising, and all but a few will give up within weeks of trying.