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5 Things That Crush Your Motivation

5 Things That Crush Your Motivation

Trying to stick to a workout and diet plan but struggling? If so, you may want to take a closer look at what you’re currently doing that could be completely derailing your motivation. Motivation is something that tends to come and go for many people and unless they have the right principles in place, is something that may never come back.

People are falling off their workout and diet protocols all the time and the best way to get around this is to take proactive measures. Let’s walk you through five things that you could be doing to crush your motivation and send you spiraling off your protocol.

1. Going at it Alone

First, make sure that you are not going about things alone. Whether you have a workout buddy, a diet partner, an accountability partner, or a personal trainer working with you, just make sure that you are experiencing the journey with someone. When you feel like you’re alone, as soon as the hard times hit, you’ll go falling off the plan in no time.

2. Expecting Perfection

Next, you must make sure that you aren’t expecting too much from yourself. This is another area in which many people go wrong and it causes them serious issues. If you expect yourself to be perfect, you’ll be far less likely to put forth any effort at all. If you are willing to except maximum effort, it’s far more encouraging to at least try.

Perfectionist thinking is the worst thing that you can get trapped into as you try and make changes in your health and fitness level.

3. Not Learning from Previous Mistakes

There is No Turning Back

    It’s a must that you take time to learn from past mistakes. Whatever happened in the past can serve to help you grow stronger – if you use it to learn from the mistake. If you aren’t learning from mistakes, you are bound to repeat the behavior, leading to more problems down the road.

    After each set-back occurs, look at why and what you can do so that it doesn’t happen again.

    4. Not Using a Plan That You Enjoy

    It’s imperative that you put yourself on a workout and diet plan that you enjoy. With so many different approaches out there that can be very successful, there is simply no reason to do something that you don’t like. Do that and you are headed for failure. Seek out a program that you enjoy and actually look forward to.

    Remember that leading a healthy lifestyle does not and should not feel like torture. If it does, you’re doing something wrong.

    5. Neglecting Rest

    Finally, make sure that you are giving yourself sufficient rest throughout the week. One big mistake that people who are new to the fitness and health scene make is going full speed ahead, hitting the gym six to seven days a week. Two weeks later, they’re wondering why they can’t muster up the energy to get back in there for their next workout.

    Start focusing on working hard, but resting hard as well. Remember, rest is vital to your recovery and coming back to the gym feeling strong and ready to push yourself. If you aren’t recovered, you clearly are not going to be in the mood to be pushing yourself at all.

    So keep these quick tips in mind as you go about your workout and diet protocol. If you feel a slip in motivation, make sure one of these is not at play.

    Featured photo credit: Paul Bence via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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