Things didn't go as planned, life punched you in the face, and you feel like giving up. What else did you think was going to happen when you decided to make a change? If you're going to pursue higher ground, a better version of yourself, you have to endure hardship, pain, frustration, and disappointment . . . it's inevitable.
At first, stepping onto your new path ignites your bones with invigoration and your momentum is unmatched. Then you keep going and doubts slowly start creeping into the mind, time stands still, and you're tempted to shrink back to the start-line. No matter how difficult your fitness goal is, if you want it bad enough, you will have to embrace these moments and refuse to quit if you want to reach the finish line.
Here's 3 ways to keep going when you feel like giving up:
REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
You began your journey towards a healthier and stronger you for a reason. Whatever motivates you to improve your physicality and who you are, you need to bring this reason to the surface. Write it down, put it where you can see it regularly, and remind yourself why you started daily.
NOTE: Your reason needs to be deeper than vanity and surface level goals or your attempts will always be short lived. Find a reason that feeds not just the body but the mind and soul as well.
JUST SHOW UP
When you start a new workout program it's easy to get out of bed and get moving at first. But before you know it your body and mind is telling you to sleep in, to stop. That's when you need to drag yourself out of bed the most and just show up, once you're there you'll always be glad you didn't sleep in.
You'll have several days where you step into the gym doors or begin your outdoor cardio with no motivation at all. When this happens keep moving, eventually your body tunes into to what you're doing (some days take longer than others). The motivation that wasn't there suddenly shows up and propels you to finish your workout with energy and drive!
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
We live in a world with so many comfortable distractions and when you set out to pursue something greater than your current self and situation these distractions become compounded. What was once your comfort is now your worst enemy constantly tempting you to be they way you used to be. Ignore them and eventually they will flee over time but it's going to take endurance.
To endure the path ahead towards your goals in the gym, work, and life you need to remember why you started, keep showing up, and keep moving. Think about why you started more than reasons to quit, keep showing up instead of sleeping in, and push through the down moments until you're lifted up.
Mike Tyson was right when he said: "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." This boxing metaphor can be applied to your own fitness and life goals. When life is hitting you in the face and it makes you feel like quitting: fall seven times, get up eight.
Get Fit, Stay Fit, Enjoy Life!
Stephen C. Langhjelm