Start with Motivation
I really enjoy reading quotes and passages that motivate me to do whatever it is that will help me reach my goals, whatever they may be. Sometimes my goal is simply to help others stay on top of their fitness routine so that they can reach their fitness goals as well.
I signed up to receive healthy living tips and ideas from Sparkpeople.com and to be honest I just figured they would be like the other million sites out there, telling me what I already knew. But I gave it a try and for the past six months I have receiving daily and weekly quotes and motivational passages that have left me really thinking about what I do, about my goals in life and in fitness, about my friends and my students and their goals. I decided I want to share sparkpeople with everyone I know because I feel you too will benefit from their program. Even if only to get you motivated and give you that little push we all need from time to time. Here's one I received weeks ago--one of my favorites:
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily. - -Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker
"Makes sense doesn't it? The secret to staying consistent with your goals is to stay motivated. That means finding ways to fire yourself up on a daily basis. Being inspired at a seminar, by reading a book, or while talking to a dynamic speaker is easy. But what happens when you're on your own? To follow through on that burst of motivation and reach the finish line, you need regular booster shots. Give yourself those little positive reminders that you have an important job to do and a good reason for doing it. What's pushing you? Surround yourself with visual, verbal, and physical "pep talks" that trigger that motive. It doesn't take long for dust to gather on your momentum, making your goals turn stale. A daily dose of motivation kicks off the dust before it can settle and gives you a fresh, clean start." (Source: sparkpeople.com)
As a Fitness Instructor I can tell you that I do motivate myself on a daily basis. I know I have a job to do and it's not just being there, in the gym, teaching a few classes. Anyone can do that. But to be there in mind and body, to see through those who may not be feeling the energy and to take them to the next level of motivation; that takes some energy and motivation on my part. If I'm not motivated enough to be there, you will likely not be motivated enough to come back. I give myself that boost, the pep talks and remind myself that while I'm doing my job (teach and train and motivate you) I am also doing this for me to live a healthy lifestyle and be a good role model to my children (and my friends).
What are you going to do to get and stay motivated every day? I want to know.