Updated: Aug 1, 2019
"How are you always so motivated??"
This is one of most popular questions I get through my Instagram page, from friends and family, in group fitness classes, from personal training clients, and when I'm out speaking in the community. People want to know how to stay highly charged and driven toward their goals.
And I get it.
To be honest, I'm not always motivated. In fact, there are many many days which I'm very UNmotivated. Between muscle soreness from workouts, mental fatigue from figuring out how to start and operate my business and brand, the temptation to just go roam the Denver mountains at all times, and all the distractions on my phone and in life...most days I would much rather sit and binge watch The Office and eat chocolate chip cookies until my belly hurts. Real talk.
So how do I combat that?
I stay laser-focused on my "WHY".
I write my macro goals/focuses on rubber bands, and wear them on my wrist at all times. Like a vision board that encircles my wrist 24/7. (Then I meticulously plan out the steps each day/week/month to get me to those goals....but it all starts with the bands!).
And here's why:
1. The act of writing my goals each week has a profound/empowering effect on my brain (as with all humans). We are incredibly powerful beings, and our brains work in ways we're still not entirely certain. One thing is for sure, though, and that is it's the source of manifestation. So I'm manifesting my future every single week. And when I think back to goals that I've accomplished after writing them down, being fully conscious to them at all times, and working toward them for months or years, I can't help but feel limitless, FULL of potential, and highly motivated to accomplish my current goals and the goals I'll inevitably set once I accomplish these.
2. Each time I look at my wrist, which is A LOT due to how often I'm on my electronic devices, drinking water, eating, or lifting weights (LOL seriously…probably hundreds of times per day), I repeat my goals, which attracts a lot more energy from the universe to help me manifest those goals.
3. When I'm tempted to do something counterproductive to a particular goal (eat or drink something I shouldn't, lay around when I should stretch, skip a workout, scroll through Instagram, etc)..…my goals, in my hand writing, are staring me right in the face. So it becomes much easier to say "No" to the things that aren't directly steering me toward my goals.
A lot of this is based on the "Law of Attraction" - the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. It dictates thoughts ideas, people, situations, and circumstances. And even dictates other laws in science and the universe (like the law of gravity).
DON'T GET ME WRONG….this isn't magic rainbows, unicorns, and butterflies. Just because you write your goals/desires doesn't mean you're automatically going to get them. This just identifies your "WHY", then reinforces it daily.
You must also do the work.
You must plan the steps to get to that goal.
You must train yourself to align your thoughts and habits with those steps. It's those thoughts and habits that will ultimately determine whether or not you actually reach your vision.
You must develop the discipline to execute on days you don't feel like executing. These days come EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. So if you don't prepare for them and train the discipline NOW then you're setting yourself up for a lot of frustration and failures when you can't "find your motivation".
But all of that becomes MUCH MUCH easier when your "WHY" is constantly in sight. So write it down. Whether you're trying to lose 5 pounds, run a faster 40 yard dash, start a business -- write it down. Every week. And wear it on your wrist (or put it somewhere you'll see hundreds of times per day).
Then plan the "HOW". And execute the "WHAT".
You can do it.
You deserve it.
My practice has recently evolved. I pick 1 main goal/focus for all of my major priorities: God, family, soccer, fitness/nutrition, relationship. Then I find a Bible verse that I feel empowers me toward that goal. I write the verse (ex: Psalms 37:4), then I write the goal that goes with that. Now I have my personal spiritual reinforcement driving my physical goals.
I literally wear 4-5 rubber bands around my wrist at all times.
What would you write on your rubber bands?