Motivational Tip – Avoid Excuses
Excuses, excuses. I hear them every day. I’m tired, I don’t know how to do it, and it’s too hard. If you have an excuse, then you have failure. If you have an excuse, then you are not motivated. So avoid those pesky little excuses, and turn your mind around to a more positive outlook with these simple tips.
Write EVERYTHING down in a journal
Write all of your short-term and long-term goals in a journal
Keep track of everyday activities, the way you feel, and what you ate.
Look back on it to remind yourself how far you have come and how you might have felt those days that you made excuses or slipped a little.
It should look a little like this…..
How I felt starting out today:
- What activities I did:
- What I ate today:
- How I felt ending the day:
Example journal entry – didn’t feel like going to gym today but I did, I did legs and 30 minute of cardio, I ate very clean today and no junk food, and feel great now
Example journal entry –didn’t want to go to the gym so I skipped, I had no activity, and I ate a slice of chocolate cake at work today and feel very frustrated and tired tonight.
Keep your goals in mind
Know why you are doing what your are doing. Know where you are starting and where you want to go. Could you imagine getting into the car and having no idea where you really were and not knowing where you were going?
What do you want? Weight loss, muscle gain, speed up metabolism, increase energy, decrease pain/injury, live longer?
Why? To be healthy for myself, my kids, my family, to sleep better, feel healthier, look better in a swim suit?
Set a routine/program
So now we are in the car, we know where we are and where we want to go, but what if you had the wrong map? Maybe you are in San Diego, California and you have a map for Miami, Florida. How confusing would that be? Many of us know what we want, we just take the wrong road to get there. This is where proper routines and programs step in.
Schedule your workout and know what you are doing each day. Have the plan before you even start the exercise. If you don’t, you will be the token lost guy or girl in the gym. You will end up walking around and doing a few sets here and there, then leaving the gym with only burning a few calories and gaining no muscles mass. Could you imagine if you worked like that at your profession? Just go into a meeting with no plan, no understanding and wandering around lost and without meaning? I think you would get fired. This is not productive. Write down what the plan is, execute the plan, and leave knowing that getting your butt to the gym was worth it today.
Keep all these tips in mind and actually perform them. The road of progress is not short and straight, but instead it can be a long and winding road!
Dr Tonya Ingalls, D.C.