MOTIVATION: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something; the act or process of motivating someone; the condition of being eager to act or work; he condition of being motivated; a force or influence that causes someone to do something
I begin this latest post with a word that has so much power. If you examine the definition I’ve posted above (thank you Myriam-Webster), this 10 letter mega-mot involves two things: a person (you) and a driving force or forces (variable(s)). It’s found in the title of my weekly blog, has been found in numerous articles, posts, messages, and memes to say the least, not to mention, it plays a major role in our success, yours and mine.
Lately though, for some, it has…well…not completely disappeared but is hiding somewhere…or has been put on the backburner, tucked away in a drawer, and hidden behind the busy state of our lives, leaving some to ask the question – WHERE HAS ALL THE MOJO GONE?
The driving force behind today’s post stems from a conversation I had via text with one of my clients. She stated that she’s “lost her mojo” and her drive was quite “low”. I understood COMPLETELY how she felt because, believe it or not, even motivators lose their motivation sometimes. But when you’re motivated, or have a source of motivation (also can be considered your “why”), shouldn’t you be driven and motivated ALL the time?
We would like to think that would be the case but that’s not always the scenario. What can cause that to happen and how can you bounce back? Let’s first begin with common factors that could lead to slow-mo-mojo
FACTOR A - THE WEATHER – NO SUN = NO FUN
Now before I begin with this factor, let me remind everyone that this winter was not like 2015 when it was unbearably cold, dark, and just yuck! It has been a pretty chill (no pun intended) winter with the occasional blasts of snowfall, ice rain, and cold (we all remember Saturday right?), so please do not take this as a rant about the weather – its inevitable! So what’s the challenge – lack of sunlight. When we are low on natural Vitamin D that we get from the sun, we natural tend to slow down and feel ultra “blah” as a result of the darker-than-normal atmosphere. Our main source of light becomes artificial (who wants fake when we can have real), which can lead to overeating (intake of too many calories), lack of activity (reduction of energy expenditure), reduction of energy, and loss of drive. Don’t you ever notice in bad weather, your first instinct is “Netflix and chill…with a box of ice cream and cookies”? It becomes a challenge, even to get out of bed! Lack of sunlight can be a hindrance to our performance. So how can we overcome that?
SOLUTION – CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SUSTAINABLE IN EVERY SEASON
True, our best efforts may be performed when lots of light is available, but consider what else makes that environment energetic. If you love being around people, workout with a group of friends at home, the gym, or in a class! Keep the energy flowing with solid bumping tunes that will make you move even if you’re alone. Have water and fresh fruit available to you after you’ve finished your sweat session. Or, keep it simple and commit yourself to doing something light. Face the challenge, accept it, and conquer it. Remember, you’ll have plenty more challenges to come on your journey so let this one be your warm up
FACTOR B – YOUR ROUTINE IS KINDA WEAK AND SO IS YOUR GOAL
Why do I keep bringing up the importance of goal setting? Because think about it – who drives just for the sake of driving if you really don’t have anywhere to go? Or you do but your route has been taken day in and day out for months on end out of the sake of comfort. Having no idea as to where you would like to go can make that trip seem never ending. But at the same time, having a goal that is so far out there (ridiculously unrealistic) can also make you feel like you’re going nowhere and that you’re not getting any closer.
Talk about un-motivating!
You see other people making things happen, going places and having stories to tell about their trip and you don’t really have much to share even to yourself. This is a factor that can DEFINITELY allow your motivation to diminish and wither and fade away, slowly but surely.
SOLUTION – RE-EVALUTATE YOUR GOAL AND MODIFY YOUR ROUTINE
In my previous post, I explained the importance of breaking down your initial goal to make several smaller goals/milestones. A great way to re-rev your drive and get that mojo back in motion is to do that. Set a shorter goal, challenge yourself to accomplish that goal, high-five yourself, and do it again but this time with something else! For example, perform a circuit of 4 to 5 exercises for 10-12 reps each. Time yourself and see how long it takes to complete all 4 to 5 rounds (with proper form of course). That’s now your benchmark time until you do it again and you try to beat that time! A very simple way to change your regular routine and add some energy to it. You can also do the same for cardio! Or try a food goal (ex: Litres of water per week or glasses per day).
Remember FITTFriends, you are human. And as such, we go through ups and downs all the time. Yes, it can be frustrating and it can almost feel never ending; but here’s the scoop – you can end it. MINDSET IS KEY! Think about it: you’ve overcome a bad break-up in the past right? Bounced back on your feet, dusted the dirt off your shoulder and said “I got this!” and moved on. You took vital lessons from the experience which shaped and moulded your mindset. Well, the same applies for this. Take a deep breath or two…or several…and begin again. Make small adjustments to your environment, your goals, and to your routine, and slowly but surely feel the re-charge of your mojo as it hits your system.
R-E-L-A-X. Now, let’s get it again. We got work to do
Until next time…
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years