I have been trying for close to 20 years to find my patient’s and client’s motivation to change. I have never figured it out, as it is different for each person. Eventually they figure it out. I challenge you to find your motivation to change – to get out of pain, get stronger, get healthier, or maybe even get 6-pack abs.
I have had many patients say they want to get out of pain but they do absolutely nothing I tell them to do. Getting out of pain doesn’t motivate them. Maybe it is getting into jeans you wore in high school, doing push-ups or pull-ups that you have never been able to do, being able to run after your kids without getting winded, or looking better at 40 then at 20. If you are motivated by money, think about the fact that being healthy saves you a lot of money over your lifetime in medical bills.
If you need to get out of pain or get into better shape you need to find your motivation. What gives you that butterfly, giddy feeling when you think about it. When I think of weighing less and being in better shape then I was in junior high I get excited. I want to go snatch a kettlebell just thinking about it (I never said I wasn’t a bit crazy).
Set aside some time for you to think about your health and what would get you to change. Lots of thoughts may come to you but there may be one 1 or 2 that gives you that excited feeling. That is the motivating factor you need to focus on. Write it down and keep it in front of you. Don’t filter the thoughts that come. Most people tend to underestimate what we can do. You all are amazing and have the potential to do great things.
I am just like every American. When I get busy I forget about myself. I have changed that. I am getting more sleep, I have my diet dialed in and I am stretching. These things make me feel better. I got tired of being tired and the fear of being disabled or so unhealthy that I couldn’t do what I wanted to motivated me. I don’t want to live in the thought of “That won’t happen to me” meanwhile I sit on the couch eating ice cream.
The ugly fact is the older you get the more you have to work at staying healthy. Sad but true. Don’t settle for have a mediocre body and health. Find your motivation and start your change today.
Yours In Health!