We commonly hear this as a reason for not getting getting stuff done. Maybe not getting to the gym, not preparing meals, or even in regards work or general life.
“At some point, the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it”
In other words, at some point, it is easier to change than to stay the same. It is easier to take action and feel insecure in the gym than to sit still and experience self loathing on the sofa.
Motivation often comes AFTER starting a new behaviour, not before. It is often the result of action, not the cause of it.
One of the keys to getting motivated is to make a start. Do you ever head out for a walk only intending to walk 15minutes and end up taking the long way because suddenly you are out the door and enjoying it more than you thought you would?
Getting past that procrastination and mental barrier to getting started thinking “I have no motivation to do this” is most often the hardest part.
We all struggle with motivation, that person you seen out running this morning, you can bet they even struggle with motivation too sometimes, but they know once they are out the door they will feel much better for it.
Ways to help motivation:
Schedule your walk, run or workout. Once you have it scheduled you won’t be waiting on motivation suddenly kicking in to get it done. Make time for it in your day and stick to it.
Try to get a good nights sleep.
Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Have an accountability buddy, perhaps someone to walk or run with, join a gym where you are less likely to put training off because you have booked your time there be it a class, bootcamp or 1 to 1.
At the end of the day, the only workouts you regret are the ones you didn’t do, don’t let lack of motivation stop you in your tracks and become an excuse!