The Magic of Motivation: Two Week Transformation Part 1

by Belinda on May 9, 2012

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If you’ve ever felt like not getting out of bed – staying home all day, having a good cry and eating ice cream on the couch…or your version of that….then you know what it’s like to feel UNMOTIVATED.

And you know how powerful that emotion (if left to run riot in your head) can be in undermining your goals.

Even the most motivated people, even the professionals, feel like this at times. It’s perfectly normal. But it’s how we respond that makes the difference.  And my blog today is here to help you :)

I’ll be very honest, last year was a tough one for me.  With lots of changes and challenges.  Throw in a demanding travel schedule (Australian, NZ and the States)….and well – I recently hit the wall.  That got me to thinking about how I dug deep in the past, how I got motivated, deep down, especially at the beginning of my transformation.  So, watch this short video where I share a little of my story about how I found the motivation to change – despite the challenges and fears I had.

The first thing I want you to realize today is – that motivation doesn’t start with big changes – it start with small baby steps in the right direction.

When I get out of my workout routine or my nutrition gets a beating because of my crazy schedule, travel or illness – it’s hard to get back into it. I’ll be the first to admit that.

But here’s what works for me.

1. Set One Simple Goal

Stop trying to be superwomen and do a thousand things at once.  No wonder you feel drained and have no energy.  Write down one simple achievable goal – and tomorrow – just do it!  No you have broken the cycle of feeling like everything is lost and your down in the pits.  The next day, do the same thing (even if it’s the same goal, done every day for a week…you are already way ahead of the game.

2. Look for Inspiration

Funny how when we really need it, all those inspirational stories seems to escape us.  Dig deep and think back to what has really inspired you in the past – someone you met, something you witnessed, a person who overcame adversity to achieve great success.  Tap into those positive feelings and the “I can do it” attitude.

3. Get Support

No man is an island and we all can benefit from some understanding and support.  Sadly that’s sometimes hard to find – especially if you’re surrounded by negative, critical people.  Be tough with who you are listening to and spending time with.  Get your “crap filter” on and stop allowing other people to pull you down.  Talk to someone you know who is going to encourage you and lift you up – even if it’s your Mum lol! (If support is what you are lacking consider my Get Lean Program which comes with access to my Private Member’s Area to give you the ongoing coaching, guidance and inspiration you need to stay on track and succeed).

 4. Focus On The Rewards

When we are feeling at our lowest, our mind and emotions are consumed with how hard everything feels.  That itself can be the biggest roadblock to getting motivated again.  To counteract that we need to consciously focus on the benefits, rewards and good feelings that will come from getting our butts back into positive gear.

It constantly amazes me how I suddenly start feeling motivated after achieving that One Simple Goal I set for myself. Sometimes it’s just a new kick-butt workout, a day of super clean eating, finishing that project that’s been hanging over my head.

And the benefits from feeling re-motivated in one area of our life flow over into all the other areas through higher energy levels, feeling less stressed and more positive.

Now, if you need a little help today getting motivated with your fitness and weight loss goals my Kiwi friend Carolyn Hansen, National Champion Bodybuilder, gym owner and author, has just released her “Weight Loss Motivation Bible” which goes deep into how to re-shape your thinking and develop the motivation you need to succeed. She covers the critical stuff like over coming past failures, improving your self-belief, visualization and using reality as fuel for motivation.

Click here to check out the Weight Loss Motivation Bible

Motivation is a word that has been bandied around, diluted and fadasized (hmm I may have invented a new word)…BUT that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s often the missing link between success and failure…hoping and having, living for dreams and living the dream.

Belinda

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you missed the first post the click here: My Two Week Transformation For Burned Out Bodies

P.P.S. Read Part 2: The Hidden Power of HIIT.

 

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Paul April 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

you’ve always been very inspirational to me Belinda ! The way you totally transformed your physique and lifestyle in the last 10 years is a lesson to us all. Keep thinking big ! Keep up the good work !

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Belinda April 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thank you for Paul – I always appreciate your encouraging comments! Hopefully then next 10 years will be even better – for both of us :) Belinda xo

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Paul April 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I enjoy leaving you comments Belinda and I’m glad you find them encouraging ! I hope the next 10 years will be wonderful for both of us ! I can imagine you doing workouts in the gym then looking better than ever !

Paul :)

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Paul April 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I’ve just noticed that the next instalment is on HIIT cardio Belinda. I’ve recently switched over from steady state to HIIT both to save time and to increase fat burning. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it ! I’d better tune in and not miss it !
Paul :)

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