How can we continue to push towards our goals when motivation is gone? When real life stressors get in the way of our plan? That’s when we challenge you to lean into commitment. Lean into the discomfort and accept that it’s going to be hard and you’ll be out of your comfort zone.
Motivation is driven by emotions – we are not always going to “feel” motivated to continue to push towards our goals. But if we lean into the commitment we made, we can push past the unenthusiastic emotions weighing us down, the negative self-talk and self-limiting beliefs that are holding us back.
Commitment leads to action and action leads to motivation.
The definition of commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. -Daren Hardy
- the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
- an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
Acknowledge there will be some restriction and sacrifice.
“Restricts freedom of action,” puts boundaries on our actions and for good reason. It demonstrates sacrifice. To hit our goals, there needs to be certain guidelines that keep us moving forward. Just as a financial budget is going to put limits on spending, so is a macro budget. And once those weeks of commitment compound into months and years, the results will be shockingly noticeable.
Accept delayed gratification.
Accept that for long-term changes, delayed gratification is key. If we can remove the expectation of an outcome (“If I hit my macros for 1 week, the scale HAS TO go down) and continue to show up day after day and week after week (“although the scale didn’t go down, I will continue to hit my numbers, focus on fiber and water…”) we will see success in the long run. It’s consistency over time. It’s being committed regardless of what the scale tells you.
On a daily basis, we see commitments being made by my clients of SFM:
- Estimating our macros when we go out to a restaurant
- Using nap time to meal prep instead of watching TV
- Getting up early to work out before work
- Packing a lunch & snacks to eat while out of town at a child’s sports event
- Tracking your alcoholic beverages in MFP & your tracker
- Logging any extra bites, licks and tastes
- Checking in weekly with your coach
Stay committed. Do the things you promised yourself you would do, even when you feel like throwing in the towel.