How does a motivator stay motivated?
That is a very good question. Since being given SP MOTIVATOR status (thanks again) I am getting a lot of questions about how to stay motivated. Here's what I've come up with.
You've got to get your mind right! Just DECIDE!
If your gonna be one of my friends then your gonna hear this A LOT! No matter what you read, what people say...positive or negative, how many motivational pages you read, until you DECIDE in your own mind that you are going to change nothing will. Things don't change people do; meaning your circumstances are what they are and their probably not going to change anytime soon so don't use them as road blocks. Get your mind to see them as obstacles. Every time you overcome an obstacle you will feel more motivated. Motivation leads to more motivation. So just decide to be motivated. This is the first step and it is HUGE but the only person who can make this happen is YOU!
Get and stay involved.
Of course since your here then that is something your trying to do. So now try a little harder. Commit to log on at least once a day and connect with someone, go to your fave team message board (your welcome to join my team called, Decide, Commit, Succeed) and read what people are up to and post and update yourself, it helps to get your thoughts out. Not to mention the YAY's and WOO HOO's you get to help keep you going. In real life find a few people to talk to and workout with. You kinda have to put yourself out there and tell people about your goals BUT, talk about motivation...it's really get's you moving to show people just what your made of. Invite people to do active things. From all the people I've invited to do active things with me, and there have been many, I've got 2 really great weekly workout buddies. We push each other.
Have a constant reminder of your goals and what you've achieved so far.
This can be a note you write yourself, a finishers medal, some before and after photo's. What ever it is keep it right where you are for most of your day where you can see it! For me, I'm creative so to painted myself a mug. Part of my plan is to drink a tonne of Green Tea (and water) so it's almost always in my hand or at least right next to me. Here's what it says. At the top edge: Decide, Commit, Succeed & KEEP GOING!
At the bottom: Fifty gone for good! 11/09
Inside, every time I take a sip: KEEP GOING!
For me this really keeps me motivated on moving forward, and I feel proud when I have it in my hands!
Talk to yourself.
Seriously, not out loud cause people might think your crazy but quietly in your mind talk to yourself. Use positive words, mantras, or quotes what ever helps. You can talk yourself into or out of anything, remember that. I talk to myself all the time and it works I'm living proof!
I could go on, but I won't instead I'd love to hear what YOU do, because actually that's another thing I do...use other people's motivational ideas!
I'll keep you posted, Celine