I’ll be honest…I have found it difficult to stir up any sort of motivation today.
I know, you’re probably very surprised and wondering to yourself, “Then why the hell do I come to this site if you’re unable to motivate yourself?”
My answer to that is that it’s unrealistic to expect me(or yourself) to live each day with this driving motivation. I hate to break it to ya, but life isn’t like that. There are ups and downs….we all know that. The defining difference between “motivated” and “unmotivated” people is how each group bounces back from a lull. Motivated people understand that not everything is going to be easy and expect things to take down-turns. They expect it and plan for it.
On the other hand, unmotivated people tend to exaggerate the situation to the point of paralyzing themselves. What I mean by that is that when an idea, situation, or environment seems to be insurmountable it causes paralysis of the mind, body, and spirit. These people are operating in the illusion that there is no way to turn it around, and as a result, continue living an uninspired life with no purpose.
Obviously, this can be a hard thing to pull yourself out of, so my suggestion is to have compassion for yourself. Understand and accept that not every day of your life will be fun and easy. Expect it and plan for it. That way, when it does happen(it will happen)you will have strategies for dealing with this.
Like I said, today has been one of those days where it’s not bad….it’s not great. It’s just another day. Or is it? One of my strategies for dealing with days like today is to find gratitude for having today. When you are thankful for something, you tend to get excited about it, right? This is a great way to ignite that motivation and passion when it runs low.
Another strategy is listen to what your body is telling you.
That is to say, if your body is run down and tired, a little R&R can actually be far more beneficial than just continuing to bulldoze your way through the day. This mentality will just spiral out of control and have you tired, sick, and/or injured soon, which can be very hard to bounce back from.
On the other hand, sometimes getting your ass moving is a fantastic way to get your motivation kick-started. Just be sure to make it a workout that will have you winning in the end – The last thing you need is to become frustrated with working out and losing your motivation for that, too.
Lastly, hang out with fun, motivated, and energetic people. Think of it like jump-starting your car. Sometimes you just need a jump! Have fun and laugh! Easy!
Now, I am about to go get my body moving, hang out with outstanding people, and have fun! Until tomorrow…..
Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.