What does Isaac Newtons law of motion and motivation have in common? Your about to find out!
Any object in a state of motion will remain in motion unless acted on by an external force.
For example if you roll a tennis ball it will remain in motion until gravity and friction (external forces) slow it down and make it stop. If you then throw the same ball in outer space and it keeps going right. Why? Because those external forces are no longer there.
By now your probably thinking “Okay…that’s very nice Jamie but how does help my motivation?” and I cant blame you but give me a minute and I promise you it will all make sense.
Think about your own personal motivation to eat well, exercise regularly and generally be fit, lean, strong and healthy as the tennis ball and your level of motivation as the external forces. If motivation was always high (no external forces), it would be easy to do those things, right? The problem is: it isn’t. Your motivation will have its highs and it’s lows. Some days you will uber keen to attack the gym like a man or woman possessed and on other days you can just about look at your trainers without shuddering at the thought.
So imagine if we could remove just some of those external forces that slow us down. We could keep our motivation and drive consistently higher and get better results without it feeling like an uphill battle. Cool idea right?
Now I want to share with you three simple strategies to keeping you on track, the super cool thing is that they apply to way more than just exercise and eating your greens:
Get rid of anything that could distract you from the task at hand. Want to eat better? Throw out all your rubbish food. Too tired to go the gym after work? Get it done in the morning or lunch when your fresh. Need to finish a work project? Switch off your phone and your WIFI. Take away anything that could distract you physically and mentally…and yes this can also include people!
It’s amazing how often I say this to clients, but yet people rarely take it on board. With any change start small. For example, a regular 15minutes of undisturbed work over an hour may be more achievable than a full hour. Or eating two portions of vegetables a day may be more realistic than five. The smaller the habit the easier it is to maintain motion. Success builds success!
Start less, finish more
Anyone can start a 100-mile race but few can finish it. Most people are great starters, but poor finishers. Dare to be different; start less but finish strong. Start by making one change a week and see how you get on.