Motivation is Overrated: Why You Don’t Need Superhuman Willpower
The first quarter of 2018 is nearly gone. Do you feel that these three months have flown by? Can you still remember your New Year Resolutions? How did you get on sticking to them?
If you feel you are not where you planned to be by now, you are likely where majority of the people who made a resolution are. At the doorstep of Easter, you are probably realising that the summer body you desire may not happen unless you take your fitness journey to the next level.
The problem is that levels of motivation and even willpower can fluctuate and that’s when you are at the highest risk to become flaky, start slacking and fall of the wagon. Here are 5 efficient methods to help you stick to your plan even when your willpower is at its lowest.
1. Understand That Willpower is Like a Battery
We normally have more of it first thing in the morning. A good night’s sleep, a full tummy and generally good energy levels will boost your willpower. It might be a good idea to make harder decisions in the morning, like taking your gym gear with you to work and having prepped food ready to go so you will have no excuses.
Accept that you will have days when you don’t want to do anything. It will happen and it’s better if you have a plan. Keep opportunities like a massage, a yoga session or just a long walk for those days. This way you can still feel you have done something.
2. Keep Reminding Yourself of the Long-Term Benefits
You could write a list of things that you are you willing to sacrifice for the desired results. What is worth more? Time spent with your family as long as you can; quality of life into old age or immediate pleasures like the extra calories that slice of cake or pint of beer would mean?
When you put all that into perspective, you won’t need willpower because you will make the right choice based on your priorities.
3. Prepare Your Friends and Family
Are you worried that people will ask questions about your new habits that will make you feel uncomfortable? Being the special one in the group may feel daunting, especially when your friends will try to tempt you to give up those habits just for the night.
A good prevention method could be to get all your close friends and family together, explain them what you are doing, why that’s important to you and how they can support you the best instead of holding back.
4. Fake it Till You Make It
Certain things and habits are just so unfamiliar that you may need to put in lots of effort until they become part of your routine. In those instances, if you’d like to crack such a habit, use your alarm, sicky notes around your home or any other reminders to stick to that habit until it becomes natural.
5. Create Incentives for Yourself
You can use money as motivation. Pay yourself in advance for attempting to work hard for your fitness goal but keep the money intact until you have achieved the set target for that prize.
You can use other incentives, like buying new workout gear or other clothing, going away for a spa weekend or buying theatre tickets, whatever floats your boat. Just make sure you reward yourself for all the hard work.
In a nutshell, being prepared for the occasions where your willpower is at its lowest can help you push through without falling off the wagon, so you can get into amazing shape by the summer holidays.
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