For many, staying motivated and committed to a fitness program is one of the most challenging aspects of exercise. If you find your motivation draining away, you need to stop to think about where you might be going wrong and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Chances are you will keep repeating the same mistake over and over again unless you make some changes.
Learning to recognize the biggest errors is a step in the right direction. Let’s look at a few of the most common mistakes you should absolutely avoid.
Don’t compare yourself with others as you go about your program. Everyone’s goals are different, which means your approach will be different than everyone else’s too.
Compare yourself with yourself. How does your performance today compare with your performance yesterday? Are you improving? This is the main thing you should focus on and it’s all that really matters. When you compare yourself with others, you’re taking the power away from yourself. You can’t control what other people do, but you can control what you do. Make yourself the best version that you can be.
2. Undefined Goals
The most important part of achieving any goal, is defining what you want to accomplish. The more specific your goal, the better — that way you’ll know exactly where you want to go.
Vague goals are motivational killers. You’ll lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel because that light was never really there. Get specific. Do your best to set weekly goals that you are confident you can hit. This will break down that long-term goal into smaller steps that you can accomplish.
3. No Rewards
Do you reward yourself for the hard work that you’ve put in? Celebrating success will give you an instant boost and help you to feel confident in moving forward.
If you only focus on what you’re doing wrong — never on what you’re doing right, where do you think your thoughts will be? Instead, in every situation (no matter how good or bad), focus on the good. Maintaining a positive frame of mind will work wonders to keep you committed and pushing onward.
It is also vital that you find yourself the right program. If you’re attempting one that doesn’t work for you, you are going to struggle from day one. Use a program you enjoy and things will progress more easily.