What to do When Motivation Leaves You

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We all know the days where we just wake up, CRUSH our workouts, eat healthy, have success in business… and essentially just freaking WIN the day, right?

But what about the days where we feel just so BLAH and UNMOTIVATED?

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Well, my friends, that’s where HABIT kicks in.

I didn’t just wake up one day and decide I was going to be a person who exercised 6-7 days a week, focused on healthy nutrition, and read or listened to something everyday that would help facilitate a positive mindset.

I developed small HABITS, over time. I started with fitness. I found a workout I could do at home (I had the opportunity to go to a gym but never did), printed out the calendar, hung it on my closet door, and gave a huge, satisfying X on each day I did my workout.

It wasn’t perfect, or pretty, or every day, but I was establishing a habit.

My next step was to focus on healthier foods. I had no formal training in nutrition – but I knew the basics. I started getting rid of packaged, processed foods. I started drinking more water. I started drinking Shakeology for a meal, especially to help keep my vitamin & vegetable servings up.

Then, I started surrounding myself with other people who had similar goals. 

It is MUCH easier to stick with something when you know someone’s got your back, right? I’m confident enough to admit I wouldn’t be in nearly as good of shape now if it weren’t for the ladies who have kept me accountable these years. I don’t meet with them in person; I check in with them online — but even that gives me a sense of being a part of something bigger than myself. We are so much more willing to give up on ourselves than on other people, right?

Then.. HERE’S THE BIG SECRET!!! 

I just repeated those behaviors.. day in and day out. When I had a bad day, I got back on the wagon the next day.

Is it easy to do? YES. But it’s also easy NOT to do. 

Over & over again I hear the saying “Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do.” It couldn’t be more true. If you want something, you just do it – even if the motivation isn’t always there, and you do it daily. Of course, you want to step back every so often and make sure you’re on the right path for YOUR life + your goals, but then it’s time to get to work again.

 

So yes, even pregnant, even growing in size… I still do my workouts.  I still eat healthy. I still read or listen to something that will improve my mindset. I still show up to help other people.

Sure I’m motivated more some days than others — but now I do it because it’s HABIT, and it’s what will keep pushing me along the success curve, rather than the failure curve.

Maybe this wasn’t the answer you were hoping to hear, but I can tell you it’s the one that works.

Show up, and never give up. Just. Keep. Swimming.

More next week!

XO

Ash

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