Motivation gives people purpose and direction – providing the internal push to overcome excuses. That being said, sometimes when you need it the most, your motivation is nowhere to be found.  

Many believe that if you wait long enough, you’ll suddenly feel that spark of motivation. You’ll wake up one day, spring out of bed and finally want to exercise. Although it sounds great, it’s not often reality.

The reality is, motivation is something we need to create for ourselves. To create your own motivation, follow these steps: 

The first step is having something to work toward – otherwise known as a goal. Whether it be a specific weight loss goal, an accomplishment like running a marathon or getting to the gym two times a week, you have to put a goal in place. Feel free to set more than one goal but make sure they’re realistic.

Having a goal will keep you going and give you something tangible to work toward.

Once you have set your goal, you need to prepare yourself for success. Do everything in your power that will help you follow through with reaching your goal.

Maybe this means having what you need ready to go – packing your gym bag the night before, ensuring you have the appropriate clothes, shoes, towel, water bottle, etc. Alternatively, it might mean getting all your pre and post workout meals/snacks ready, so there aren’t any excuses.

Find a way – both mentally and physically – to get ready for your workout before it happens.

Discipline and commitment
If you can, plan a regular day(s) and time(s) to work out. This way it becomes a habit for you.

Recommitting to your goals keeps you on track. Spend a few minutes each day thinking or writing about what you want to accomplish and how you'll do it.

Take time to appreciate how far you've come in reaching them. Tracking your progress can also help. You can record changes in how your clothes fit, your sets and reps, when you transition to heavier weight or how long you’re able to run. Progress isn’t always obvious, so these serve as friendly reminders on how far you’ve come and help you stay disciplined and committed. 

The key to sticking with a routine and staying motivated is finding something you love to do. If the activity you have been doing doesn't excite you, find something that does. Perhaps it’s an outdoor hike or bike ride, a Group Fitness class, swimming or working with a Personal Trainer. Whatever the case may be, do what you love.