How to Motivate Yourself – 5 Easy Steps

This is the best motivational tip in the world. Why? Because you will automatically jump out of your chair, buy an exercise mat, some good sneakers, t-shirts and sweat pants and begin exercising for 30 minutes every night!! Continue reading to learn more…

Now I’m sure you know that statement is too good to be true. And I wish that I could tell you that it was true, but it’s not. Actually, what you really need is a mirror. So, go to a mirror and look in it. What do you see?

You. You see you. Unique, one-of-a-kind, wonderful you.

And the person you are looking at in the mirror is the only person on the face of the earth that can motivate you.

Yup, you can grab all the motivational tips, tricks and advice about procrastination and good habits you want, but at the end of the day, it comes down to you. How much you need to change your lifestyle – how badly and do you have any factors to prod you into activity such as:

  • Do you have aches and pains?
  • Are you sitting at your desk too long every day?
  • Are you starting to gain weight?
  • Do you feel a need to be more physically fit?
  • Does your doctor recommend it for health reasons?

Exercising regularly is hard work, sometimes really hard work because you just won’t feel like it – you’d rather relax. And it takes a lot of thought. Almost like nagging yourself over and over. You have to know and believe that you are worth the effort. And like any habit, it does get easier after a month, but don’t let anyone tell you that it ever really gets easy or that it’s not hard work.

Unlike that first statement, this is true – Exercising is hard work both mentally and physically and the rewards are well worth it.

I cannot give you your motivation, but I can share mine. I hope this helps. Share your thoughts and motivations – leave us a note.

My biggest motivation is that I sat at my desk for hours on end without getting up. So much so that I was about 25 lbs heavier than I’d like to be, but at a BMI of 41%, I needed to do something. And the aches from too much mouse use, constant typing and sitting for hours weren’t getting any better. I knew that unless I did something to change, to fix the little aches and pains, they would only get worse. Less than 6 months into exercising, those pains are gone, so I know that I have to keep exercising.

So, here’s a sample of my inner voice.

On the Way to the Gym…

»  I’ve gone twice this week already, if I don’t go today, I’ll miss my goal to exercise at least 3 days a week

»   I lost 7 pounds and I don’t want to gain it back, especially since I feel better than when I started

»   It’s Friday – if I stay for 50 minutes I’ll reward myself with a glass of wine

»   It’s good for you, you really should go, you really need to go. What are you going to do at home anyway? Watch TV?

In the Gym…


»   I went a mile and burned 90 calories, I am so close to 100 and it take less than 5 minutes

»   I’m at 100 calorie in 21 minutes, not bad, I’ll stay on until it’s 25 minutes

»   I’m at 25 minutes and they say you start to burn more calories after 20 – I’m only 5 minutes over, I should do 10 more and burn even MORE calories

Tip: I start at my goal and count backwards, making it tougher to quit. Pick a treadmill, stairs or elliptical that starts at 30 minutes and counts down. I hate quitting after I’ve already committed to the 30, so I stick it out.


»   That person is heavier than I am and they are really into their workout and sweating up a storm – wow, if they can do it, I can do it – they are the real heroes of the gym

»   I did 6 reps and 2 sets 3 days ago, I wonder if I can do 7 reps today?

»   I used 10 lbs. last month and I can do 12 reps with ease, so I should do 15 lbs. and 6 reps today

»   I’m not feeling ‘into it’, so I’ll do 2 sets of my favorite exercises and some I haven’t done in a while – keep to the 50 minutes

»   I can do this plank for a minute and my side-planks for 30 seconds. Since I did the right side, I have to do the left for the same amount of time. I already did 1 set, so I should do at least one more. These are wort the effort.


»   I did it! I should go for another set – it’s worth the extra 5 minutes

»   Stretch further, hold a little longer

»   Take your time and focus on form


»   Better do another set – I don’t want to have to sit down to put my socks on again

»   So I look silly not keeping my balance on the Bosu ball – so what, no one cares, besides, I need to practice to get better

»   Looking in my journal – see where you started compared to where you are now – still wanna quit? Nah, I really don’t.

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

4 thoughts

    1. Hello,
      I haven’t come across any do’s or don’ts for how late to exercise. Are you talking about an intense workout just before going to sleep?
      Most people I know don’t have the energy to exercise that late. If you feel like working out – I would say it doesn’t matter what time it is – the important thing is to do it.
      Please let me know if this addresses your question. Thank you for reading!

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