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Eliminating The Problem of Low Motivation

Eliminating The Problem of Low Motivation

As long as you keep thinking of training and exercise as “the thing I enjoy doing” you’ll keep running into the mentally barbed wire obstacles of low motivation and diminished willpower. Regardless of how many positive shivers you feel towards training today, there will be days when, much like scooping up strangers dog poop, it’s the last thing you feel like doing.

Instead of trying to break through those obstacles, it’s better to bypass them altogether. To do so, you’ll have to introduce a new way of thinking. You need to eliminate the word “enjoy” from training.

So instead of training being “the thing I enjoy doing”, it’ll become “the thing I do”.

As is with work, you can’t stop going to work (or working from home, as most of us do now) just because you don’t feel like it. Well, you can for a while. But it takes only so long before your employer, clients or your customers will get the shits with your purely hedonistic “here’s what I feel like doing today” pursuits.

Like with work, accept that there will be days when the thought of training and exercise feels like someone asking if there’s a possibility for them to insert a pineapple up your butt. But, regardless of how you feel about pineapples, the feeling becomes irrelevant.

Turn up, do the training, go for a walk, get your exercise in. And feel better once it’s done.

Fat Loss Is Not About Willpower

Fat Loss Is Not About Willpower

You’ve set yourself a clear goal to reach your health goal in six months. You’ve know that the biggest road block is your appetite for sweets at work. You’re motivated, committed and maxed out on willpower.
Until the first busy afternoon at work when your stress levels are through the roof. You start fancying a thought of a sweet sweet chocolate goodness. You try not to think of that vending machine loaded with chocolate bars. Or that bowl of chocolates in the break room. But no matter how hard you try the chocolate goodness creeps back in your head until it become impossible to resist. So you give in and make the vending machine sing, but only today. Because tomorrow you’re stronger, more motivated, even more committed and full of willpower.
And then tomorrow afternoon rolls around and you repeat the same cycle. Same thing happens over and over again. Why is that and what to do about it? To find an answer we have to revisit a couple of studies from the past.

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