YEAHHHH FITTIES!!!!  It’s Friday. I can’t express how much I need this weekend.  I am sleeping in tomorrow at least until 8:30 and no one better try to stop me unless they have French toast or something.

Oooh, French toast….

It’s been a crazy few weeks and my to-do list is lengthening instead shortening.  The more I check off, the more I have to do. And the more complicated the tasks get.

Sometimes it’s easy to lose steam when you realize what a long journey you’re on.  When it might take you more than a year to reach your fitness goal, how do you maintain the same zeal and commitment throughout the process? How do you not burn out and fade away? And remember, fitness goals are really just a metaphor for other goals in our lives. One of the reason we conquer fitness goals is to prove to ourselves we are strong and capable so we can carry that confidence into our work and family relationships.

My number one most important way to keep myself motivated is to surround myself with people who have accomplished or are diligently working towards a goal like mine. I totally stole that tip from King Solomon who wrote in Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” 

When I was in law school, I had a workout buddy. We’d take walks together and quiz each other on reading (most of which I hadn’t done) and gossip about our days. Often, after a particularly dismal day of school (let’s be honest, they were all dismal), she’d decide she didn’t want to walk. She wanted to sit on the couch and eat ice cream.

I totally sympathized with the impulse, but this makes for a difficult workout buddy. Often times I didn’t want to workout in the first place but I knew I needed to do it.  And I didn’t have ice cream.  So when you have to overcome your own lack of motivation and another person’s inertia, your journey is that much harder.

Surrounding yourself with people who are raring to hit the gym or race up the mountain or cook healthy meals will rub off on you.  When you see other people acting like you know you’re supposed to act, you lose your resistance against those positive activities.  I believe I can accomplish the goals I have on my list because every person in my life believes it and they’ve accomplished big goals so they know what they’re talking about.  I don’t listen to Eeyores or Droopy Dogs who tell me my genes, gender, education, height, weight, talent or debt works against me.  I listen to Chalene and other successful people like her.  And I do what they do. They make to-do lists, I make to-do lists.  They meet like-minded people on Twitter, I meet like-minded people on Twitter.  They read books by experts, I read books by experts. They don’t waste time on Facebook, I don’t… well, let’s not get too crazy here.

I stay motivated by having positive role models in my life and I draw on their energy to get my work done.  Notice that they’re not giving me motivation. No one can motivate you. They can inspire you but only you can motivate yourself (keep this in mind when some tells you “I need you to motivate me.” Run. You don’t have enough energy for that person).  Chalene can’t make me make my to-do list. Her exhortations fell on deaf ears for well over a year before I put pen to paper.

Another great tip for staying motivated is to have an anthem. This is another Chalene tip (man, she really should just write my blog for me, but she has other priorities. So you’re welcome).  She likes “Lose Yourself” and “Not Afraid” by Eminem and “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera. Right now I like Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and Britney’s “Stronger.”  Sometimes I’ll make my PiYo students do their ab work to “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky because I’m secretly evil. 😉

Do you have motivational tips to share? What’s your anthem?