I’ll be honest, the last several weeks I have had a really hard time getting motivated to workout. I’ve used all the excuses… “I am tired”, “I’ll do it later”, “my back hurts”, “I just don’t feel like it today”, “I am too busy”… And on and on it goes…
Can any of you relate?
I let this trend continue on for far too long… So yesterday, I decided that something needed to change…
It was the early afternoon and once again I had all the excuses running through my head about why I did not want to workout.
Finally, I just stood up and decided to head down to the gym to get my workout in. I had zero motivation or energy, but I didn’t care.
I got in a quick warm-up and was ready to start.
It was leg day so I loaded up the squat rack and got in my first few sets of squats to make sure my legs were fully warmed up and ready to go.
I then completed my first real set and let me tell you… Something all of a sudden switched in my brain.
I near immediately went from being unmotivated and low on energy to being motivated and energized.
The next 4 sets were some of the best sets I have done in a really long time.
After the workout, I got back to the house and was feeling better than ever. I made a quick note in my notebook and wrote out my workouts for the next 4-weeks.
See, after going through that amazing workout, somehow the motivation and love for working out was back. And do you know what sparked it?
Making the decision to go down and workout even though the energy and motivation levels were non-existent.
Often times what you will find is that when you just start something, it’s like you have pushed a snowball down a hill.
It gives you immense momentum.
Think about it… Lets say you wake up in the morning and have a super healthy breakfast.
How much more motivated would you be to eat another healthy meal at lunch rather than stuffing your face with a greasy burger and fries?
My guess would be that you would want that momentum of eating healthy to continue.
The same is true for your workouts.
You can continue the excuses and stay right where you currently are… OR you can suck it up and just start.
You will find that simply starting something can spark something new inside of you. It can spark motivation, new goals, energy, focus, and more.
Often times, starting is the hardest part.
However as the saying goes…
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
It’s that first workout, the first healthy meal, the first good nights rest that will get the momentum rolling. And once that momentum starts, it’s hard to stop.
All that to say, your first and most important step you must take is…
Just start and you will get the ball rolling on an immense amount of success in your future.