Actually, your motivation is right where you left it – right where you lost your focus, your Why. You have plenty of motivation to:
- eat: if you don’t, you’ll die
- to take a shower: if you don’t, you’ll smell
- to brush your teeth: if you don’t, your teeth will fall out
Your desire, your Why, to live, smell good, and have a mouth full of bright sparkly teeth is pretty big, so you are motivated to do the things that result in those. The activities that produce those end results are also pretty simple and easy to follow. You are pretty darn sure that on any given day, you’ll do a pretty good job on most, if not all of those activities.
What have you lost motivation for? Eating well? Exercising? Maybe it’s because you are looking at a big picture that you feel is unattainable. Instead, break things down into easier steps, things you *can* do.
Ask yourself – on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “not the slightest chance” and 10 being “I could do that all day long!” – if the broken down step is something you can do every day. You should answer with a 9 or 10.
If the answer is 8 or below, then break that activity down even further. If you answer 6 to “can I eat 5 servings of vegetables a day?”, then change it to 3 servings, or even 1 if you need to.
If you are trying to get into the habit of working out, and you’ve picked an exercise routine that you love most days, but also hard most days, then what is your answer, on that scale, to “will I do that workout” when your day has taken a total nose-dive and all you want to do is hibernate? If you think the answer is a 4 on one of those bad days, then you’ve picked something too hard for your level of motivation. Instead, pick an activity or program that you are pretty darn sure – a 9 or a 10 – you could still at least muddle through on your worst day.
As you progress, today’s 6 becomes tomorrow’s 9, and then today’s 3 becomes tomorrow’s 10. You’ve given new life to your motivation because you’ve simplified.
Then don’t think about whether you’re going to do it or not, just do it. The more time you give yourself to make a decision one way or the other, the more you risk not doing it. Over time, it just becomes something you do – like brushing your teeth. It’s never a question of doing it, you just do.