This might come as a shock to some of you but truth be told, I’m not always motivated.
I rarely jump out of bed keen to get stuck into my workout – most days it’s a real push and it takes a lot of mental chit-chat to get it done. I’ve been asked how I stay motivated, three times this week, so I wanted to share my thoughts on motivation here because for me, the answer isn’t as black and white as some may expect.

In my opinion, motivation is short-lived. It’s one of those quick feelings that comes on and can last a few minutes or if you’re lucky, a few days but rarely does it last any longer than that which means that you’re going to need something more than motivation to help you reach your goals. I’m a big believer in that you should surround yourself with inspiration that does constantly motivate you (such as moodboards, quotes, uplifting tv shows, following inspiring people on social media, choosing to hang out with like-minded people etc.) BUT for me, the secret to staying on track long-term is accountability –¬†having someone who knows your goals and who regularly checks in on you however often you need, to make sure you are moving towards those goals.

For me, I made a decision a few years ago to use social media as a way of keeping me accountable. Those that follow me, know my goals and so I post what I’m doing in order to try and reach these goals and to show other women that I do practice what I preach – this is what gets me out of bed in the morning, not motivation. I have followers now who expect this from me in order to keep themselves motivated and so I continue to do it. Having said this, I know social media isn’t for everyone and not everyone likes to publicly voice their goals, so I believe that the best thing to do in this situation is to find someone who you can share your goals with and meet with regularly, so they can monitor your progress and keep you on track. This person must be someone though who isn’t going to let you down, they need to be capable and willing to do everything in their power to keep up their end of the deal, so you get to where you want to be.

Honestly, this is what has lead me down the path of becoming a Health & Style Coach because as it turns out, I was this person for a lot of people anyway without realising it or without being specifically “qualified” to coach.

So next time you find yourself lacking motivation, consider perhaps that maybe it’s not just motivation that you need?!

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