Have you ever woken up in the morning and just wished that you could roll over and head straight off back to sleep? You just aren’t in the mood to face the day and whatever that might hold for you? Maybe you just don’t want to head into the office, or it’s miserable and cold outside and your bed is lovely and warm and you don’t want to leave it? Maybe you have something that you need to do that’s boring or really difficult and you just want to put it off a bit longer?

We have all had those days, trust me I know exactly how you feel. I am not immune to the feeling of just wanting to close my eyes and shut it all back out BUT instead of doing that I get up and I take action. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always easy to do but I know it what’s best.

I choose to exercise early in the morning, I get up around 5am several times a week, through on my workout gear, grab a drink and head to my garage to complete a 30 – 40 minute workout. There are some days that I would much prefer to stay in bed BUT I know that morning works best for me. If I wait until the evening to get in my exercise, I know it won’t happen, I have too many excuses and I’ll allow them to get in my way.

Forget motivation, instead think about dedication.

So, what is that I do on those mornings when I wake up and I don’t feel motivated? I turn back to my ‘why’. Why did I start exercising? Why do I want to continue? Why is it important to me to be fit, strong and healthy? I lean into my plan rather than away from it, I did my heels in and I get stubborn and then I get out of bed and I get on with it. Because let’s face it motivation comes and goes, it ebbs and flows and even the most successful people won’t feel motivated all of the time.

Motivation is often the thing that gets us started but it doesn’t keep us going. Maybe your clothes no longer fit, an outfit you love now can’t be worn, so in that moment you are motivated to exercise and lose weight. Perhaps you go to the doctors and get some less than great news regarding diabetes or your cholesterol level, in that minute you are shaken awake and you feel motivated to make some positive changes. Maybe there is a big event coming up like your wedding and you want to look back on your photos and love what you see, you are motivated to change your mindset and remove your negative self-talk. Maybe you are just fed up with always talking down to yourself, maybe you are finally ready to make a shift in your mindset that is going to have a positive impact on the rest of your life.

Whilst motivation may kick start you into taking action it is not the element that will keep you going in the long run. In order to stay committed to your journey, and to take action each day you need to be dedicated. You need to be dedicated to your reason and desire for change, you need to be dedicated to that positive outcome that you are searching for and you need to be dedicated to yourself.

Get stubborn rather than quitting

Feelings and emotions change, when things get hard, when we don’t see the results that we want to, it is easy to disregard why we got started and to feel demotivated. In those moments it is all too easy to quit, to give in and return back to our previous ways but it is in these moments where we have to persevere and stick with it. Having a plan, being determined to achieve those results and being dedicated to the process are what will keep you going.

Don’t hang around and wait to feel ‘motivated’ in order to get started, start today! After all, tomorrow never comes. If exercise is part of that plan and it’s all new to you then here are some of my top tips for getting started:

  • Try a few different things
    • Trying out more than one sport or activity will hopefully mean that you find something you enjoy. If you enjoy it then you are more likely to stick with it long term.
  • Be sensible
    • Pick an activity that isn’t going to cost you lots upfront – if you decide you don’t like it and you aren’t going to keep doing it you don’t want to have wasted lots of money.
  • Be realistic
    • Don’t start out thinking that you are going to work out one hour a day, 6 days a week only to find it too much for you. 30 minutes 3 times a week sustained over a 12-week period is going to be much better for you than 6 one-hour sessions that you can’t sustain and you end up quitting after a couple of weeks.
  • Make it convenient
    • Do something that is local to you and doesn’t require additional time, transport, childcare etc. I love working out at home for this very reason. I don’t have to go anywhere, I don’t need childcare and a 30-minute workout actually takes just 30 minutes.

Make a plan

Any kind of change is going to take consistent action in order for you to see the results. One of the best ways for you to support yourself in this is to make a plan. Figure out what it is that you really want to achieve, look at what you need to change, what tools do you need to put in pace, what is it that you need to learn, who do you need around you to support you. Figure it all out, make a plan and then take consistent action.