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Staying motivated is extremely hard. Everyone has started something and gone full steam ahead, then a few months in the motivation dwindles away. How do we keep that motivation or how can we get it back.

A few few months back I done a post on self belief and how we are capable of much more than we think. The presentation that I shared in the blog post was extremely motivating, it had me pumped for coaching, for training, for running a small business and writing these weekly posts. But after time the motivation dwindled away and I thought, how do I get it back.

The problem I have found is that we look for things external to our selves for motivation. Someone that’s going to drag you to the gym or the holiday that’s going to recharge the batteries, motivating quotes from amazing people, following athletes on Instagram, reading stories from incredible people that have done incredible things or even great lectures shared by CrossFit.com. All these external things are motivating, but they are not enduring.

If you have lost motivation or if you want the motivation to start something new like a job or start a new sport or a hobby. Then focus on things you have one hundred percent control over. You can’t control the traffic on the way to work or the weather that may slow you down, but you can control what time you get up in the morning, you have one hundred percent control of that. So focus on what you can control not the motivations behind doing it.

When I was boxing at Wombat Fight Club on Friday afternoons the last thing I wanted to do was spa, get punched and workout until I nearly spew. But I new I only had to walk in the door, that I had control of. What happened after I walked in the door I had no control of and did not matter. I new at the end of session I would feel amazing, I would have improved as a boxer, I would be pumped for next weeks session and my motivation would be higher than ever. All I had to do was walk in the door.

You have 100% control on what time you get up tomorrow.

You have 100% control over what you do after work.

You have 100% control over what you are going to eat for lunch.

Focus on the small things, the easy tasks and then they will roll into bigger tasks and bigger things.

“As an elite athlete, there are only five things that you can truly control — your training, nutrition, sleep, recovery, and mindset. If it doesn’t fall into one of those categories, I tell my athletes, forget about it. Control the things you can control, and ignore everything else.”

Ben Bergeron – Chasing Excellence