We’ve all been there: One minute you’re working toward your goals with momentum, and the next you’re buried in frustration. During those hard times, feeling overwhelmed is totally normal, but don’t waver. Quitting is the quick road to a destination that you never want to reach. Addressing a motivation slump is simpler than you may think. A tool I use daily is tuning in to my inner compass, and it will work for you too: Before making choices (big and small), play out the story line in your head. Each decision will add up to you staying invested in your goal.
Imagine it's a Monday, and you're thinking about skipping the gym. Now consider whether you can live with the consequences. For me, missing a Monday always trips me up mentally, causing me to begin my week down on myself. But making my workout means I’m going to start my week in a solid place—and feel as if I can take on anything.
Picture your own positive scenario. Tell yourself that all you need to do is walk through that first doorway, whether it’s a figurative one (beginning a more positive thought process) or actually walking through the gym’s door. Then start slow. You know you’ll do better than you imagined—you always do!
Jen Widerstrom, Transformational Expert
Your daily get-fit motivator and television star is the global partner of SHAPE Women’s Activewear Collection, Fitness Director of SHAPE Magazine, and the best-selling author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type. You can also catch Jen, Transformational Expert, on her 2018 Live / Give Tour.