Finding ways to motivate yourself – especially when you don’t want to work out or eat healthy is an important part of achieving success.

No one ever said this was going to be easy but it can be very rewarding.

Here are a few suggestions to help:

*Act as if: If you don’t feel motivated or enthusiastic then act like it. The strange thing is that within a few minutes you actually start to feel motivated or enthusiastic for real.

*Ask yourself “what am I grateful for?” every morning. Here’s what you do; every morning ask yourself :

What am I happy about in my life right now?
What am I excited about in my life right now?

It’s important that you really feel how it makes you feel. When I think about the last part about what makes me happy right now I really feel it. These morning questions are great because the way they are set up makes you recognize things you take for granted and then they really get you to feel those positive feelings.

I’ve been told that thinking positive is the pointer, to really feel it – positive, grateful – that is what ignites it.

*Create a vision board: Take photos from a magazine, post words and positive phrases, use your own photos – anything that will motivate you and make you feel good. Place it where you will see it often – next to your bed or in your office where you work. It’s important to visualize what you want to achieve.

*Use tools on social media: Flip gram is a great tool, you can make a video with your own photo’s to show your weight loss progress. Take before & after photos and put them side by side. Extremely powerful to see progress and watch it often.

*Set goals: Set a large and specific goal.  This will motivate you much more than small goals. A big goal has a big effect and can create a lot of motivation.

*Start slow. Instead of jumping into something at full speed start slow. When you do that your mind will not visualize the task as something hard that you have to do fast. If your mind sees such things guess what often happens? Yep, you don’t get started. Actually getting started, even if it’s at a slow pace, is a whole lot better than not getting started at all.

*Compare yourself with yourself. Not with others. Comparing what you have and your results to what other people have and have accomplished can really kill your motivation. Focus on you. On your results. And how you can and have improved them.

*Remember your successes. And let them flow through your mind instead of your failures. Write down your successes. Consider using a journal of some kind since it’s easy to forget your successes.

*Write down your goals and reasons for working towards them. Tape them on your wall, computer or bathroom mirror or use a white board to put positive messages to read. Then you’ll be reminded throughout the day and it becomes easier to stay on track and stay focused.

*Make each day count. We don’t have all the time in the world. So focus on today and do the things you really want to do.

Finding ways to motivate yourself