In fitness, the contributing factor that dramatically increases your chance of success is just sticking the process out. And staying consistent. Not waiting for motivation to strike. So if you’re struggling to find the motivation to workout or stick to your nutrition plan, keep reading.
When You Decide To Be Ruthlessly Consistent No Matter What Life Throws At You, That’s When You Make Progress, Eventually The Motivation To Workout Will Come
Does this sound like a lot of work? If so, It’s really not, you just need to work out 2-5 times per week and Just focus on being consistent with your training and nutrition. And you’re most of the way there.
One perspective that dramatically helps me with reaching my fitness goals is thinking about it like this. Whether I get to my goals or not this time is going to pass. I might as well use it to get closer to my goals because time moves fast.
You can either choose results or excuses. And I urge you to pick results. Because being fit and health really does play dividends throughout your life. Trust me.
It’s All About Disciplining Yourself With The Correct Habits, Not Waiting For Motivation To Workout – Take Action Now Motivation Comes Later
You need to develop the ability to build and stick to the long term habits that are going to produce a long term goal.
These habits don’t need to be difficult. In fitness, if you can just consistently build these 3 habits you’re going to do well.
- Follow a workout routine consistently
- Track your nutrition and eat healthy foods
- Reduce stress levels
That’s all. It doesn’t need to be complicated. To make a simple workout that produces results you could do a simple 3-day push, pull, leg split like below.
Bench press 3×6-8 reps
Shoulder press 3x 6-8 reps
Push ups 3 sets to failure
Lying tricep extension 3x 8-10 reps
Deadlift 3x 3-5 reps
Dumbbell row 3 x 6-8 reps
Chin ups 3 sets to failure
Barbell curls 3x 8-10 reps
Barbell squat 3×6-8 reps
Bulgarian split squats 3×6-8 reps
Romanian deadlift 3×6-8 reps
Calf Raises 3x 8-10 reps
This 3 day split is very basic and doesn’t require much forethought.
Don’t Overthink, Just Do The Work – Don’t Wait For Motivation To Work Out
There will always be excuses why you can’t do something. Such as:
I can’t do this because I’ve always been unhealthy. Or I cant do this because I don’t have the time.
The key is to be honest with yourself and say I don’t want to do this. Because the fact is everyone has time to look after there self and workout.
Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis. This is where you examine every little detail to the highest degree. Just start. Don’t wait for the perfect time either because there isn’t one. The only time where progress occurs is the present moment and because the present moment is all we have and thus the only place where true transformation occurs.
Start Now Get Good Later And The Better You Get The More Motivation To Workout You’ll Have
To get good at anything you need to first start. We can only get good once we start. At first you might start off extremely unhealthy. Thats okay. Because if you start you’ll slowly but surely improve. And in the long run You’ll be happy you started.
Can’t squat? Can’t deadlift? Good You know where you need to improve. Chances are the one thing stopping you is learning these movements. So as soon as you start consistently practising them. You’ll get better at these exercises with time, and sooner or later you would have mastered them.
Find It Hard To Stick To Your Workouts? Do This
Make a checklist everyday with what you want to achieve that day. For example, You want to lose body fat and build some muscle. Your daily checklist will look like this.
Track calories and protein. Make sure I’m in a calorie deficit.
Do my push day workout and get stronger at that workout.
The above only is in regards to improving your body composition. If you complete your weekly workouts and reach your calorie deficit. And focus on the day and the process. Your not thinking any further than the day. And this makes it easier to sustain the long term habits that are going to get you to your goal.
As Stuart McRobert wrote in Beyond Brawn – ” The secret of life is getting today right. Everyone can get today right. And if you can do it once you can do it repeatedly.”
This goes for tracking your calories and your workouts. Just successfully do it for one day. And the day after, you’ve realised that you can do it because you already have. And then it’s going to be easy to replicate that again and again because you’ve proved to yourself that it can be done.
If You’re Willing To Work Hard And Stick The Process Out, Who You Are Is More Than Enough To Achieve Those Ambitions
I’ve been there, Where you feel like you can’t change your body no matter the program you jump on. Or the supplements you take. Where you feel like for whatever reason nothing works. This mindset won’t get you far, or at least it didn’t get me far.
The Key is to stand on the shoulders of success, the truth is the fundamentals work and they work for everyone including you. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
Truths About Body Composition That Can’t Be Denied
You lift more weight over time than when you first started lifting and you grow bigger stronger muscles. This is called progressive overload. It can’t be denied that the stronger you get the bigger your muscles grow. This is a fundamental truth about body transformation. For both men and women.
You eat more calories than your body burns and you put on weight. This is a fundamental truth and the reason people get fat is that for an extended period of time, sometimes years and years they have eaten more calories than their body burns. This is easy to do. In a world where the economies goal is to strive, the companies and corporations that produce highly palatable foods, spend millions to create the most mouth-watering foods with a precise amount of salt, sugar and fat to leave you coming back for more.
These companies wok towards creating the bliss point in there products. The bliss point is essentially the perfect combo of salt, sugar and fat that sparks up your dopamine receptors. And that leaves you buying more of the product.
If you want to learn more about how these companies spend millions creating highly palatable foods that are one of the reasons why obesity is skyrocketing across the globe. Read the book linked below-Called salt, sugar fat.
Why Habits And Discipline Are So Much More Important Than Motivation
You and I are where we are today because of the habits that we’ve cultivated. This is why it’s so important to develop good habits because they are ultimately what is going to take you to your goals.
Once you’ve developed good habits it’s easy to stay disciplined. Because those habits have been developed they become second nature.
So many people believe that habits and discipline are too rigid. But when your habits are good they actually give you more freedom.
An example of this is your nutrition. If you know your maintenance calories then you have the freedom to eat a certain amount of calories from the foods you love.
But if you didn’t develop the habit of tracking your calories and nutrition, then you would probably just eat clean and feel guilty every time you had some “fun foods”. So good habits actually give you more freedom because they take you one step closer to the person you want to be. Which is freeing in and of itself.
The Bottom Line On Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Motivation To Workout Or Become The Best Version of Yourself
- Waiting for motivation to strike is a waste of time. Motivation only comes from successfully reaching your big goals and the small milestones on the way there. Start first and stay consistent. Motivation will eventually come.
- The common denominator for success in many areas of life is just staying consistent. If you can stay ruthlessly consistent, no matter what life throws at you. Your guaranteed success.
I talk a lot about tracking your calories and nutrition in this post. If you want to find out your calories for fat loss. Click the link below.
So I hope I’ve helped you find the motivation to workout by not waiting for it. But by taking action.
If you have any questions send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And let me know what you think.
I highly recommend that you read the motivation myth by Jeff Haden if you want to read further into this topic.