Subscriber Larry writes in :
“My biggest struggle is motivation at the moment. Motivation to stop eating junk, motivation to get up off my ass and do exercises, motivation to get up out of bed an hour earlier in the morning, and motivation to stop coming up with excuses. I want more than anything to improve my fitness on the bike and push on to the next level but just finding the motivation difficult at the moment with an extremely stressful job with long hours and a busy home life. I know that once I get the bit between my teeth I will power on and have no problem, but just struggling to take the step”
I totally feel you Larry.
There’s no magic bullet when it comes to breaking the cycle of struggling with motivation.
The biggest tip I have for you is to lower your expectations and make it ridiculously easy to have some success.
Rather than trying to get out and ride for an hour or two… set a goal of riding for 10 minutes.
Aim to do 2 sets of press ups a day.
Aim to run for 5 minutes.
Make the goals STUPIDLY easy to achieve.
That way you will feel the need to procrastinate much less, because the action seems easier to take.
You’ll find that when you START something, you carry on.
Getting started is like trying to push a huge boulder off the top
of a hill.
It’s really hard to get going. You use a ton of energy and really struggling to get the boulder rolling.
As soon as you get it off the edge, you have some momentum.
It rolls and rolls and keeps going and becomes MUCH easier to maintain. The beginning is the hardest. Don’t worry about being perfect. worry about starting.
Now – the advice to ensure this works?
START RIGHT NOW.
Go for a ride NOW.
Drop down and do some pressups.
Sign up to a spin class NOW.
You need to take action to get results.
Small action leads to more action.