How to Stay Motivated

Okay, let’s be honest. Life is effing hard sometimes. Really, really hard.

We get discouraged. Life brings us down and we want to give up. In fact, today, I wrote in my journal-“I want to give up and quit.” Yes, from a girl that is full of life and passion and dreams-there are times I want to turn the page and then rip it up. I want to throw in the towel and burn it in a fire. I want to kick the bucket down a freaking mountain. I want to scream and punch a wall and say it’s not worth it.

We all have those days. We all have days that turn into seasons. It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to turn away and never look back. The hard part-pushing on.

I seriously have to remind myself everyday-“It’s worth it” Better yet, “I’m worth it”.

I think the latter is what we really struggle with. It’s not the dream we really give up on, it’s ourselves. We succumb to the lies that we can’t do it. That we aren’t good enough. We believe we’re wasting our time because we don’t really have the capability to do such great things. Right?! I mean who the heck am I to think I change the lives of so many people to live healthy full lives? I’m just some small town girl who moved to a big city with big dreams and ideas.

 

Shout out to my Mom-in-law for coming and supporting me at my race! Thanks, Jeanne!

But who’s to say we can’t? We are what stop ourselves from doing great things. Yes, life can hit. And it can hit hard. It can feel like a tsunami that erases everything in it’s path. But the truth of the matter is, we are never alone. This thing called life is meant to done with people. If you are a follower of Jesus, you believe we were created for community. When we can latch on to that community, we are reminded of the greater things in life. It reminds me that I can’t give up. It reminds me that there are people out there just like me who struggle to believe in themselves and who struggle to go forward with their dreams. But there are also people out there who didn’t stop. They didn’t give up. They didn’t give into the lies and problems the world threw at them. They pushed forward. They said I CAN.

You want to know what motivates me. It’s people like YOU. It’s people I see everyday and I see a trace of hope. Because people remind why I’m here. It’s not just for me. It’s for a greater purpose. Whether you believe in God or not, there seems to be a similar belief between most of us and that is a need to love and to be loved. I love people and people love me, they both keep me going. The fact I know that I can help just one person is worth it. If I can help one person understand they are valued and loved that they deserve to talk care of their health (not just for themselves, but for the benefit of everyone else around them) it’s worth it.

Well, that’s the motivation to pursue my business. What about my own health? Yes, I struggle to take care of myself and my health. But I know if I want to help people live healthy full lives, I want to be an example of that. I want to practice what I preach. But let me give you some tangible advice if you’re not in the health and fitness industry or even if you are:

  1. Find people who support and encourage you. Limit your time with those who bring you down.
  2. Set goals. If you’re a runner or want-to-be runner, find a race and SIGN UP for it. If you’re trying to eat better, set a goal to eat 1 more serving of veggies for the next 2 weeks or cut out processed food at a meal for two weeks.

     

    This sweet man reminds me everyday of the greater purpose in life. When life gets hard, God reminds me of him and why we are here.

  3. Find an activity you enjoy. Forget what the world tells you-you don’t have to do it all. Find something you enjoy and stick to it. If you get bored switch it up.
  4. Create margin. When life gets overwhelming, take some you time. Breathe. You can’t stay motivated if you’re burnt out and exhausted. Trust me, your body will eventually give up.
  5. Reward yourself. When you’ve had a hard week of training or you’ve managed to stay on track with your healthy eating habits, celebrate! Go out to the movies with your spouse. Go get your nails done with your bestie. Take a day and sleep in. Enjoy yourself! But try to avoid using foods as a reward.

Above all lean on people. Don’t try to take this world on by yourself. You’re not alone and you don’t have to carry the burdens of this world all by yourself. You got this.

Running, LifestyleJo Butler