Motivation is probably the most important factor when setting and achieving any goal. It’s what will stop you having fast food on your way from work instead of making something healthy when you get home. It’s what will stop you from snacking on a bar of chocolate. And it’s what will get you to the gym instead of spending the night in front of the TV.
Of course we’re all human and none of us are perfect, but if you can be sure exactly why you want what you want your chances of failure are reduced. It could be the simplest thing in the world to do, you could have all the equipment and information there is, but if you don’t know why you want it, or don’t want it badly enough, you’ll never have the motivation to get there.
On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want and exactly why you want it, you’re far more likely to get it. A stressful day at work or feeling a bit under the weather won’t be enough to prevent you going to the gym, or enough to start you comfort eating, because you have the motivation which comes from seeing the bigger picture and the long-term goal you’re aiming for.
So think for a minute about exactly why you want to get a six pack. What is your motivation? Is it to look better? If so, why? For yourself? To keep your partner happy or to attract a new one? Is it for health reasons? Is it to look good for a specific event like a reunion or vacation? Is it so you can comfortably wear the clothes that haven’t fit for the last few months? Or is it something else?
Whatever the reason you need to be sure what it is so that, when things get difficult, you can focus on it to help you stay on track.
Also, do you get more motivation by moving away from pain, like not wanting to have a lot of stomach fat, or towards pleasure, like having a great physique and a ripped six pack? Whichever it is doesn’t matter, one is not better than the other, but it will help you to know which is the most effective motivation for you. Always remember though, setting goals, working towards them and finally achieving them is supposed to be an enjoyable, rewarding experience.
Keep things as light-hearted and as positive as possible, even if you have to punish yourself!
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