Why did I call this The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Motivated? I am one of the laziest people that I know. If I could lay in bed all day with no consequences, I 100% would. But I have lots of goals, and so do you. That’s why you decided to read this blog post!
To start out, I’m going to have to disappoint you. There’s nothing that you can say or do to make yourself motivated 100% of the time. No one is! But.. there is hope. Motivation is a mindset, and you have to take control of your mindset.
So, how do we do that? You change your mind by changing what you allow yourself to do and think.
Let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds, but you’re used to eating chocolate chip pancakes 4 times a week. If you keep allowing yourself to have those pancakes, things won’t change. You have to make yourself think that it’s no longer an option (well, at least not 4x a week).
So, how do you train your mind to do that?
Tell yourself that the goal is worth more than what you want in that moment. Losing 10 pounds and having to buy new jeans is going to feel much better than eating the pancakes. Let’s be honest – you’ll eat the pancakes, feel great for 5 minutes, and then be upset with yourself for the rest of the day.
But, if you don’t eat those pancakes, you will go to bed proud that you had the strength to power through and do something good for yourself. So, it’s actually like a double win. You get to be proud of yourself that day, and then you get to be proud all over again when you hit the goal. Just sayin’.
Form habits. If you create a habit of going to the gym every morning at a certain time, you stop questioning it. If you create the habit of eating fruit and eggs for breakfast, you stop questioning it. Eventually, you train your brain to instantly do that thing. But you need to keep in mind that it takes a lot of time to fully form a habit. I’ve heard it’s anything from 30-90 days. You can’t do it for a week and expect your brain to be completely rewired.
Start the morning off right. If you start off on a bad note, it’s extremely likely that you’ll finish that way too. For example, do you ever eat something bad and then say “screw it” and eat whatever you want for the rest of the day because you already messed up? It’s scientifically proven that if you choose a healthy first meal, you’ll be more likely to eat better throughout the day. And obviously, this still applies to other goals. Whatever goal you have, if you start out lazy or on the wrong foot, it’s going to be a million times harder to find motivation mid-day. If you want to start getting X amount of work done before 5 pm, but you frick around until lunch time, do you think it’s likely that you’ll work 2x harder during the second half of the day? Start off with the right decisions.
Call yourself out on your own BS. Stop letting the excuses win. Honestly, your goals don’t care about how you feel, if it’s a gloomy day out, or if you stayed up too late partying last night – they just care if the job gets done. Your results are a reflection of the work that you put in.
So whenever you have an excuse, ask yourself: “Is this excuse really valid? Will the world really end?” Be honest with yourself.
Have a source of accountability. If you follow me on Instagram, you guys know that I have a billion ways to keep myself accountable. I even wrote a blog post about it, so go check it out if that’s something you struggle with! My favorite method is to have a checklist/tracker, so you physically notice when you don’t complete something because you have to write it down.
Accountability Blog Post: https://www.thesopblog.com/post/keeping-yourself-accountable
Find something that motivates you. There’s so many different things you can do to motivate yourself. Some of my favorite ways are..
- Listening to music to pump me up for whatever needs to get done.
- Seeing/hearing motivational messages through social media, podcasts, books, quotes, etc.
- Looking at photos. For example: I take (fitness) progress photos. I do this for multiple reasons. The “before” photo always gets me fired up enough to get back on track, and then the “after” photos show me of how far I’ve come and remind me that I can keep doing it.
- Get someone else to do it with you. Feed off of each other and hype each other up!
- Write your goals down, get excited about them, then cross them off when you accomplish them. (Crossing things off always motivates me.. Maybe that’s just me though.)
So, those are my main tips for training your mind and motivating yourself – no matter how lazy you are! Just keep telling yourself that you are in control, you are the only one that’s able to do this for yourself, and you can do it! xoxo