Some of us are purely self motivated. Make a decision to do something and that is it. For no other reason than your own internal drive you get up everyday and do whatever you need to do to accomplish your goal. Unfortunately it's not that easy for all of us. A couple weeks ago I said to a colleague, "I heard you are running the Chicago Marathon! That's awesome." Their response, "Yeah I signed up." I could here it in their tone that all they had done was just sign up. There was no real commitment or motivation to get excited about this incredible opportunity.
I have compiled a small list of some of the tactics I have used in the past to make sure I stay motivated.
- Set a goal. No matter what it is, commit to yourself to accomplish it and tell yourself you can do it.
- Plan your routine in smaller chunks. While there may be an overall program that is 3 or 4 months long, just bite off little pieces, a week or two at a time. If the tasks ahead seem too daunting it can be overwhelming.
- Tell everyone who will listen what you are doing. For me this adds to my level of commitment and reduces opportunity for excuses. You may also be surprised at how interested people are in supporting your efforts, providing additional motivation and encouragement.
- Run for a cause! Nothing provides greater incentive than knowing you are supporting a great cause. When I think of the strength and courage of those fighting for their lives, I just get up and go.
- This is most important. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!