If giving 100% is the max output, we are all really, truthfully, rarely giving something 100% of our total attention or productivity.
No one is completely productive, all the time.
I seem to alternate between highly motivated and bumping along. I have been challenging myself with ways to be more consistent in my workouts.
This led me to think about what motivates me and others. All in an effort to stay motivated to get more miles in.
So here are 5 things that get me jump started.
1) Fear of failure. I’m not a safety net kid so I have to make it happen.
So I’m always setting goals and this fitness goal is completing a half marathon.
I’ve never been a distance runner and as it turns out, I’m not really a runner anymore. But I’ve tweaked the plan and I’ll complete it walking and have a blast.
2) Vanity. Who doesn’t want to look good?
I’m not trying to have the bod of my twenties but I definitely don’t want to look frumpy. I don’t mind aging gracefully but please no frump!
3) It Feels Good. Yep, you read that right.
It might be tough to get out the door to workout some days but I ALWAYS feel better when I’m done.
Not a runner’s high exactly but I definitely feel stronger and healthier.
4) Food. I enjoy good food and I definitely feel less guilty if I am getting the workouts in.
I figure if you are going to take in the calories, best to thoroughly enjoy it. I never waste calories on mediocre desserts, probably why I rarely eat dessert, I’d much rather have the cheese and wine!
5) Cloths. I like to feel good in my cloths.
I’m not trying to be a smaller dress size but I want my wardrobe to fit well. Okay to be totally honest it would be great to drop down one dress size BUT it would not make me any happier than I am now and it would be a lot of effort so in the analysis, definitely not worth the effort.
Having said that you can always tell if you’ve put on that extra five pounds and everything is just a bit tight which I don’t like, so keeping that off motivates me.
So, looking at my top 5 motivators to exercise, fear of failure, which I had listed as #1 is my top motivator. Setting a goal and telling people holds me more accountable than any of the other motivators.
What’s your motivation?