We all make big plans to get fitter and to lose weight, but when the time comes, our motivation flies out the window. How do you stay motivated and achieve your goals?
The answer is in pleasure and pain.
It is human nature to seek a pleasurable experience instead of a painful one. The secret is to concentrate on the pleasure associated with your goal rather than the pleasure of the moment.
Think of pain as being the opposite thought in that moment that’s not as inviting.
When craving food that is not so good for us, the immediate pleasure of eating that food far outweighs the pain of the effort we need to put in to burn those calories.
When thinking about exercising, the immediate pleasure of doing nothing far outweighs the pain of getting up and moving.
Imagine if you stopped for a moment and turned your thought pattern around. Imagine if you started thinking about the pleasure of how good you would feel fitting into that dress you would like to wear or your pants fitting better. Maybe it’s the pleasure of having more energy or having less pain. Suddenly, the thought of eating that food or not moving is not so attractive.
Concentrating on the pleasure of achieving your goals rather than the perceived pain of what it will take to get there will give you the motivation to reach your goals.
See your activity time as a pleasurable experience and a step toward your goal. Look forward to it as you move towards achieving your goal of less weight/more energy/less pain. Think about how great it is to feel good. Congratulate yourself for making the right decisions and for achieving results.
You can apply this technique to any aspect of your life. Changing your thoughts will change your life.