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Episode 159: 5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Motivation Today!

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Yes, today's episode is all about how to jumpstart your motivation and I'm sure you're chomping at the bit to find out how to ignite that in yourself. 

But before we get into the nitty gritty tips and tricks, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you this first...

Relying on motivation to achieve any long-term goal is like being in a boat and relying on the wind to get you from one continent to the another. 

That wind makes the ride a lot easier, smoother, and more enjoyable. But at some point on your journey, the wind is going to die down and you're going to have to pick up a paddle and row.

And yeah, you might look at someone else's boat and wonder why they seem to be catching so much wind, but that's neither here nor there.

We're talking about your boat, and if you don't build up the strength and discipline to keep moving when the wind dies down, you're going to end up a sitting duck. 

But with that being said, I do want to teach you some strategies for catching a little more air on your journey. 

1. Change your frame. 

If you're constantly viewing working out as a punishment for the foods you eat, or you're viewing healthy food as a sacrifice you're making, you'll never maintain the motivation to stick with it. 

Instead paint your new healthy habits in a more positive light.

Find delicious, flavorful, colorful recipes that you're excited to try. Try different kinds of workouts until you discover what lights you up. 

This allows you to attach to the intrinsic joys of the journey, instead of relying on just the extrinsic satisfaction of reaching your goal (which may take months or even years to achieve).

2. Boost your serotonin production.

When your body produces enough serotonin, you will have a generally more positive outlook, you'll be more resilient in the face of difficulty, your brain will view challenges as being smaller and easier to overcome, and you'll be more energized to tackle your goals. 

Since over 90% of our serotonin is produced in our gut, you'll want to prioritize gut health (if you need support, click here to learn more about my Follow Your Gut Program). 

Some other ways of supporting serotonin production are with exercise, meditation, sun exposure, massage, keep a gratitude, journal, reduce caffeine intake, get enough sleep, and listen to music. 

3. Make sure you're getting enough sleep.

Low energy = low motivation. Period. 

4. Celebrate every. single. win. 

Any time women reach out asking about working with me, I ask a number of questions to get to know them, including, "If you've tried to lose weight in the past, what stopped you from being successful?"

And so often I'll hear some variation of, "I just get discouraged when I don't see results and I quit."

Well, I have news for you. You didn't put on this weight overnight and you aren't going to take it off over night. At least not in a healthy way.

And if we know that, then we know we can't rely on the scale to tell us we're doing well. Especially when there are so many other ways to quantify our progress: are you sleeping better, feeling more energized, are you in a better mood, do your clothes fit better, is your skin clearer, are you having more regular bowel movements, has your hunger stabilized, is your sex drive increasing?

There are even action-based wins we get to celebrate: did you drink all your water today? Did you try a new veggie? Did you find a new healthy recipe you love? Did you take the stairs?

Celebrate it all, because every one of those wins is like a little spark, keeping the flame of your motivation and drive going. 

5. Shrink your hurdles. 

For example, I know more often than not, it will take too much energy for me to finish work, write out a workout, and drive all the way to the gym. My motivation will not be high enough regularly enough for me to do that 5 days per week.

However, I can maintain enough motivation to turn Beachbody On Demand on, click play on a workout, and sweat it out in my living room. 

Keep your new habits as simple and as easy as possible to lower the amount of motivation necessary to take consistent action. 

For a bonus motivation hack, click that play button above and listen to the full podcast episode!

I hope these tips are helpful for you in making your motivation higher and your journey easier, but again, I go back to where I started: motivation is a finite and fickle resource. One which you should not depend on.

So if you need help reaching your goals and maintaining your habits and discipline on those no-bones days, click here to book a free consultation with me and let's chat about how we can work together!


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