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So... I'm always searching for things on the web that will enrich me as a person. One of our core values at The Works NYC is "commitment to personal development" so it's just in me. One thing that isn't in me 100% of the time is motivation. I have also been asked this question countless times by members of the Studio and Clients, how do you stay motivated? Now that it's getting colder outside, I feel like it's more relevant now than ever. When it's cold, it's way more attractive to stay under the warm covers than to trek out to the gym for a workout. I wanted to be able to share with our people here in the Studio a wide range of tips to stay motivated... and came across this gem from Marla Tabaka from Inc Magazine. I found it on the and really thought it was a great list. The title of the article is "7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything". Compelling huh!

Take a look and insert into the language while reading, your activity you wish to stay motivated with. It could be fitness, eating well, or being more productive at work. The list is good for anything. I added my own comments between parenthesis throughout the article :-)


Jennifer Searles, CPT, IFBB Pro

Founder The Works NYC/Team Works

1. Determine your motivating force.

What's your why, or your passion? You must have a reason to succeed; one that touches the deepest levels of your being. Before you begin every project (or fitness venture) explore the big picture. Why is it so important to you? What will you lose if you don't keep going? If you commit to something, just because you should, you will look back upon failure.

2. Tap into the energy of others.

If you feel tired, uninspired, even like giving up, I challenge you to examine the mindset of those around you. Do conversations with your closest companions renew your energy or drain it? Do you have people in your life who can engage in stimulating conversation about business or the other things that you're passionate about?

As human beings we give and receive energy and inspiration. Make sure you are receiving as much, or more, than you are handing out.

3. Get your thoughts organized.

When I'm working on a big project, nothing zaps my energy more than an over-stimulated, cluttered mind (analysis by paralysis? Stop trying to do things alone, ask for help from a fitness professional!) This is an easy state for entrepreneurs (or fitness enthusiasts) to fall into because we are so full of ideas and strategies: your mind can go in a million directions and all of them seem viable at the time. Collect these thoughts by talking through your desired outcome, what you've done so far, and your options for moving forward. Your (trainer) is a great resource for this, and (we'd) be happy to help. Sometimes all it takes is a willing ear, so a patient friend will do. It's surprising how things can fall back into place simply by revisiting your goals with a second party.

4. Move the process from your head to an organized list.

You know how it goes. You're determined to make some headway today and you've got two hours to make a dent in your project. But you sit down, uncertain about where to begin (or uncertain how you will be able to get yourself motivated to get that workout done...) So what do you do instead? Get lost in social media or another distraction, right?

Detailed lists outlining your next steps can eliminate this temptation. Break down your goals into bite-size, manageable chunks and always refer to your list before you get to work. Better yet, schedule time into your calendar for the very specific tasks that will take you to the next level in your project (schedule your workouts! I do this when I'm having a difficult time sticking to a plan... and it works!) The more specific you get, the less your mind will be inclined to go another direction.

5. Renew your creativity with a mind map.

If you keep your ideas and options in your head, it's difficult to tap into more expansive thinking. Your brain can efficiently manage only so much information before that information becomes nothing more than clutter. When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or confused about how to get from point A to point B, create a mind map. When you do this, it not only organizes the mess in your brain; it also brings out your creativity and resourcefulness.

6. Have a plan B.

Find inspiration in these words from Thomas Edison: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Be prepared to change course in light of the unexpected. This does not mean that you are giving up on a great idea. It means that you're destined to find one that's even better (think fitness routine... hate running? Try something else. Don't just give up on working out altogether because you don't like to run...)

7. Don't worry, be happy.

The Dalai Lama was once asked what surprised him most about humanity. "Man," he answered. Why? "Because," said His Holiness, "he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never to die, and then dies having never really lived."

"Let go of anxious thinking. There's a difference between seeing the big picture and being well prepared and worrying about every possible problem before it exists. Take calculated risks and focus your energy on preparedness, not anxiety-provoking worry." (Don't think, just DO when it comes to getting yourself to the gym. Thinking about it for too long - and I' guilty x 210000 of this - will zap you of the motivation to actually go. So stop thinking and start acting instead!)

How to you maintain your motivation? Add to the list in the comments section below!

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