We now have established that you are ready to change and we have a starting point.
In today’s session we are going to find out how to motivate yourself to reach your goals
It is not enough to simply say that you want to get fitter or lose some weight. In order to make a change in your life, you will have to connect your goals to your emotions.
What is it that really drives you to get fitter?
What is the leverage that you have on yourself to keep you motivated when the going gets though?
Anthony Robbins, who’s a pretty interesting guy (you should youtube the man) said that in the end we are all driven by the fundamental need to avoid pain and to gain pleasure.
If you haven’t been exercising until now it’s because you have associated exercise with pain.
We will do far more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure and until you change this connection you will always be struggling to stick to any exercise routine.
So how do you change this?
Well, You must focus on why the consequences of not exercising are going to be more painful than exercising. What will happen if you stay inactive?
Try the following exercise:
Lets say you spend another year living the way you do now . Visualise yourself looking in the mirror a year from now. Close your eyes and visualize what you see….Take a minute to do this…..
How does this make you feel? Do you feel unattractive, uncomfortable or insecure or maybe depressed?
Now ask yourself is this pain worse than the pain of exercising for 45 minutes? Each time you’ll find it hard to motivate yourself for exercise, try to visualize yourself how you would look if you stop exercising.
Now let’s do a second exercise, only this time, do the opposite. What would you look like after a year of exercising?
Again, try to really visualize this. Close your eyes for a minute and look at yourself in the mirror. What are the feelings you have now?
Are you proud of yourself, do you feel good, inmagine how great you would look
Pick up a piece of paper and write down exactly what you want to see in the mirror a year from now.
Try to be as specific as possible. Write down the size jeans you want to wear, the weight you want to be, the size of your waist etc.
On the back of this paper you write down why you are absolutely committed to achieve this goal.
Fold this paper up and put this in your wallet. You have now set yourself some goals.
In the next session we will start achieving them