My Top Strategies on Maintaining Your Focus

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:34

“How do I get or stay motivated?” And it’s a great question, because the truth of the matter is that weight loss, weight management, weight gain, overall health and wellness are truly simple. It’s a matter of managing the amount of calories you eat based on your goal. Managing the quality of your foods based on simple common sense – don’t eat chemicals and fake foods. And moving your body more.

So, if it’s so simple, why is it so hard for people? Because it’s work. Anything in life worth having is work. Period. Whether it’s a healthy relationship, a healthy career, or a healthy body you will have to work for it and sacrifice for it to a certain extent. This is the how of success. Educating yourself on the task at hand, determining the smartest course of action to move forward, and then doing the work.

The key to tolerating the how associated with the goal is having a why. And people much smarter than me have made that saying famous. If you have a why you can tolerate the how. So the question becomes, what’s your why?

Now, often we state sweeping generalizations such as money, love, and health. But those aren’t detailed visions you can form emotional connections to. In fact, have you ever stopped to really think about what those things actually look like in your life?

What does health mean to you? Is it improving a medical condition that’s plaguing you like type 2 diabetes, or is it wearing a two piece instead of a one piece? There is no reason too profound or too superficial as long as it matters to you.

For example, my “whys” are as follows: meet my great grandchildren, be an inspiring role model for my kids, feel extremely confident during sex, fit into and look good in a certain brand of skinny jeans, look 35 at 45, be living proof that the Jillian Michaels brand delivers results – and on and on.

The things I’ve listed are far more important to me than a slice of pizza. It’s a matter of perspective. There is simply no food that is as exciting and sexy to me as the above feels.

So, forget this notion that you’re lazy – you’re absolutely not. It’s just that life can feel punishing and more work is more punishing unless you have a purpose. That why is your purpose and work with purpose is passion. So take a little time to really think about what it is you want, what it is you’re trying to get motivated to achieve. How your life is going to improve once you’ve achieved it, and how will it feel literally to live in this new reality. That is the why that will allow you to tolerate the how!