Today we will go over a simple method trainers use to motivate their clients, that you can start doing right away.
First though, what is motivation? Motivation is psychological energy put towards a given goal. Just like other types of mental energy, it can be built up, or it can be drained and get used up.
A key part of building up motivation is gaining a sense of competency about what you are trying to accomplish. Competency is feeling like you know what you are doing or are making progress towards getting there. The simplest way of doing this is to track your workouts (or track other steps you take towards achieving your goals).
To better understand this concept, imagine the opposite of competency: feeling like you have no idea what you are doing or feeling like an idiot. Now imagine if going to the gym makes you feel that way. The stress of feeling silly and unsure of yourself will quickly drain your motivation.
Tracking will build it up by making you feel positive about your workouts in multiple ways. It draws your attention to the progress you make and is a great way of celebrating your wins. In this example, the win is accomplishing your goal of going to the gym. It also gives you a little push to improve upon what you did last time, which gets you better results. Getting results will absolutely make you feel competent and is a very powerful motivator.
It is no wonder almost every personal trainer out there tracks their clients progress, and whether you use a personal trainer or not you can easily do the same! Start noting down your workouts (or other habits for your goals), and enjoy the immediate increase in motivation.
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