You have your reasons why they’re worth practicing…
You know you will enjoy them in the moment…
You like the benefits they will provide you with…
But, for whatever reason, you feel stuck.
The reality is, motivation is always changing form.
It goes up, it goes down, your reasons change…
Depending on what you have going on in your life, you might not “feel motivated”.
The spark just isn’t there.
So what do you do then?
Basically, you have 2 options at your disposal (and they’re not mutually exclusive).
Option 1) The “Dig Deeper Than Deep” Method.
Identify the core values that guide you in multiple areas of your life and deliberately reference those values when deciding whether to follow through or not.
For example, if “modeling healthy behavior for my kids” is one of your most important values, how might you best express that in the moment where you’re feeling conflicted about whether to practice the habit in question or not?
Option 2) Prioritize Momentum Over Motivation.
You’re probably not thrilled with the idea of brushing your teeth every morning, but you (probably) do it anyway.
Sure, you know that healthy teeth is important and blah blah blah. But you’re not thinking about that 2-3 times per day. You’re just grabbing your toothbrush and brushing away because there’s no point in putting a lot of thought into something so damn easy.
There’s no friction when reaching for your toothbrush.
There’s no voice that says “I dunno…maybe I’d be better of sitting on the couch”.
You don’t tell yourself “Ah, I’ll just do it tomorrow”.
You just get it done without thinking.
How can you either make the target habit itself take very little thought, energy, and time to complete in its entirety?
How can you make it take very little thought and energy to get started?
You might decide that you still want to order takeout. But why not cut the broccoli up and then decide? Worst case scenario, you have broccoli ready to stir-fry tomorrow.
You might decide that you’re better off passing on the weights and cardio. But why not do some light exercises to loosen up and get your blood flowing? Worst case scenario, you chip away at some aches and pains while giving yourself an energy and mood boost.
You don’t have to feel excited and inspired.
You don’t even have to feel anything at all.
You just need to get started.
P.S. Want to stop going on diet after diet (and gaining your weight back each time)?