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How to stay self-motivated?

We all are very excited when we start a new activity such as taking piano lessons or working out. But there are days when our motivation drops and we don’t feel like learning the piano or exercising at all. There are several reasons why this happens. It might be because our routine got us bored, or we are discouraged because we are not seeing the results expected.

Here are several tips I hope will help you and encourage you to keep on going no matter what!

Stay confident and focused!A woman's fist on which the word "focus" is written.

As I mentioned before, one of the reasons our interest declines is because we don’t see the results right away. As a consequence, we get so disappointed and we stop believing in ourselves. Our self-confidence diminishes and we no longer believe we can do it. What to do then to boost-up our self-assurance?

First, ask yourself what drives you to workout: do you want to get a beach body? a “dream body”? If you workout to meet someone else ´s beauty standards, you will most likely run out of will and energy because you simply won’t enjoy working out. Above all else, whatever you do, make sure you do it for yourself because it’s much more fun! Embrace your body. Confident people embrace their body and their whole person. They don’t need anyone else’s opinion on beauty standards because they believe they are beautiful no matter what society says. Respect and love yourself.

Second, what does ‘fit’ mean to you? It’s a way of life.

Again, being fit does not mean being attractive. Being fit is being healthy. Getting fit is establishing good healthy nutritious and fitness habits. Being fit is to move our body on a regular basis to prevent us from diseases such as cancer and keep a good mental health. It gives us more energy.

The cherry on the cake is that regular body activity gives us pleasure as well. It satisfies our brain. It releases chemicals called endorphins that make us feel good. It reduces the perception of pain. Just like sugar or an orgasm light up our brain. Our body and brain end up asking for more!

Third, Keep on thinking positive. Often our body is willing but our mind is not. Our body says “I’m healthy, I can do it” but our mind saysno, I can’t. It’s not working.” For each negative thought, think of 3 positive things about yourself. Train your brain to think positive. Think about all your daily accomplishments. Be proud of yourself. Applaud your efforts. Cultivate a positive mindset by collecting positives experiences and moments throughout your day.

So how to stay self-motivated?

Set a routine but be flexible!

A routine is essential when you set goals. It enables you to successfully achieve your goals. A routine is a sequence of actions followed regularly. My routine is that I try to exercise pretty much every day. On Mondays, I target the upper body; on Tuesdays I do ballet; on Wednesdays, I do some planks; on Thursdays it’s ballet class again; on Fridays I do the core; on Saturdays, the lower body and on Sundays, I rest. I combine strength and cardio training, focusing on different parts of my body each time.

That sounds like a lot!!! I don’t let myself get overwhelmed. I set up bright goals and I make sure I am flexible about my routine. That means that if I miss Monday, then I’ll do it on the following Sunday. Most importantly, I don’t feel guilty if I skipped a day.

Change your hours if needed. I usually exercise in the evening but if I can’t, I’ll exercise in the morning. Also, if you cannot workout 20 minutes, change it to 5/8 minutes.

Set goals but take it easy!White ceramic mug with "begin" written on it.

To set goals is essential to keep yourself motivated however whether you are a beginner or advanced, maybe you started off with unrealistic goals like 100 squats every day or one hour workouts. Usually you will hear “raise the barre” but I say to you “lower the barre” if needed. Rethink what you are able to accomplish at the moment. Examine yourself and move at your own pace. When you get discouraged, what is crucial is to keep going. So it is OK to reset your goals. It doesn’t mean you are lowering your standards because you are not capable. It’s not a failure. It means that you know yourself. Do not get discouraged. Raise the barre gradually. As you get more advanced, then you will want more challenging objectives to keep you going at it.

As mentioned earlier, I set bright goals. It is a great way to increase your self-motivation. BRIGHT goals are: Specific; Realistic; Timely.

Let me give you an example:

I target a specific part of my body each day. (Upper body, lower body, Core and Cardio.)

I visualize myself achieving these goals.

I choose the exercises that I love doing, that I am excited to work towards.

I incorporate movements I am capable of doing.

My workout sessions do not last more that 25 minutes.

Customizing your training to your own taste and needs is one of the best move you can do to keep yourself self-motivated.

Treat yourself!Hot chocolate pouring in a white mug

Yes!!! You read it right. Treat yourself after working out. Think about your reward before starting your session. It can be watching your favorite web series with a piece of dark chocolate, a nice cup of coffee or tea, a healthy snack such as a banana and almonds. Yes, rewards keep us motivated. Treats keep dogs motivated and excited when being tamed to do some special tricks. It is the same for us. Remember; working out should be a hobby more than a chore and you’re training to make it so! You’re taming yourself without anybody’s help. How amazing is that!

Congratulate yourself for all your efforts!

How to stay self-motivated is all about where your drive comes from; if your stimulation comes from within and pushes you to achieve personal fulfillment, it can be regarded as self-kick.

If you’re driven to meet standards set by someone else and not for your own enjoyment, then you will most likely get quickly unsatisfied.

The effort and time you are taking right now to read this post shows how much you are self-motivated already! It shows that you are able and wanting to workout on your own without being told what to do. Let’s barre!

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12 Comments

  1. I just kept finding more and more great information on your website.

    I really needed this read for sure. I have been struggling with motivation
    when it comes to exercising. This helped break things up for me into bite size pieces.

    Going to try and implement some of your ideas and refer back to this page when I feel I need motivation again.

    Thanks for this post.

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      Hello Cindy, glad it inspired you! Thank you!

  2. Motivation is so important when trying to achieve a target. I find setting myself small, achievable goals on a daily and weekly basis is a great way to make progress. Geat post, thank you for sharing.

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      I agree with you. Achievable goals is the key to sucessfully make progress and not get discouraged. Thank you Catherine!

  3. riverdogg says:

    Nice post on how to stay self-motivated, I especially felt a connection to the part where you explained how you do different activities throughout the week on your fitness routine. I like to do the same thing because if I don’t mix it up a bit I get bored and that usually leads to waning interest which can be dangerous to motivation to keep going with your routine. I go for walks every day and I mix up my routes. I add in riding a bike on some days, I swim once a week at the city’s indoor pool and I even throw in some Tai Chi and Kung Fu stretching and breathing exercises to add a little exotic fun to the mix. Anyways good post I enjoyed it.

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      Glad you’ve enjoyed it. Yes to change your routine habits is the key to stay motivated. Thank you!

  4. Christine says:

    It is true that sometimes we set our goals too high and then we come to the painful conclusion that it is “too much”, we get overwhelmed … Don’t set the barre too high, very true. It’s ok to take it easy and move at your own pace. It’s no good comparing yourself to others, because everyone is different.

    I always treat myself after I work hard on my website, take part in training, or do other things like household chores. A piece of dark chocolate, a cup of tea, a walk outside, anything that comes to mind. Rewarding is important, and we should treat ourselves more, not only others 🙂

    Very good post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      I love to treat myself too, that keeps me going!! Thank you!

  5. Gomer says:

    The article has piqued my interest anew in going for my goals. I have this problem of not sustaining what I have started, in business, and in physical fitness. I feel like I’m good at starting things only but have not finished anything that I’ve started. How do I deal with this? Aside from your suggestions here that I should set a routine and be flexible, how do I sustain my enthusiasm? I admit it’s the part that I am weak at.

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      Yes, I’ve been dealing with the same problem. Not persisting. Not finishing etc… To sustain my enthusiasm, I always look back and tell myself that it would be a pitty to stop after all that I have accomplished so far. This mindset keeps me going!! 

  6. MrBiizy says:

    Hello Anne. Being self motivated is one of the best gift a man can have inside of him; I just feel it’s a precious gift everyone should crave for because it keeps us going when we are suppose to give up.

    Thank you for sharing this post on how to stay self motivated. I especially needed this right now as I am about to venture into a business I needed self motivation for. I love the ideas of setting goals and actually rewarding myself with some treats when I meet my target for the day or moment. It’s more like telling a child you’d buy him a you car when he does very well in school. This will indeed keep us motivated.

    Kimd regards!

    1. Anne-Caroline says:

      Thank you for your insights!

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