How do you motivate yourself?

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    Oct 05, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Just wondering what do you do to motivate yourselves when you have those days, weeks, or months when you have trouble picking yourself up? Feel like I have been on the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags all year. I am sort on my way back up but with winter coming around I am going to fall down hard at some point.
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:33 AM GMT
    It is different for everyone but I find having goals & resolutions to meet is one, that keeps me grounded and looking out for the big picture. We all have our up's and down's but just remember of a good time and what you were focusing on then. It easy to get sidetracked and let the little things in life affect when they shouldn't. Remind yourself of what you have achieved and how far you have come.

    Also look at all different area's of life, sometimes if one is lacking, then it affects our overall drive. Eg you might be really dedicated with your health and going to gym but you might be having a miserable social life. Analyze what is it that is lacking and work on bringing that aspect up. Best of luck icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:43 AM GMT
    just think this next time you're feeling down:

    "i fucking hate mediocrity"

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    Oct 05, 2012 10:55 AM GMT
    Eating a healthy diet is a big part of it because it helps you maintain higher energy levels. High energy is one of the keys to motivation. Emotion and mental tricks can only take you so far. Energy allows for momentum creating longer lasting, sustainable strides that amplify your efforts.
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    Oct 05, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, I know I need some work in all corners of my life. Some if not most of the work is going to require change. I used to be able to look at myself and be proud, but now it's a different story. I let everything get out of control and it's kind of hard motivating myself to control it.
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    Oct 06, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    Move somewhere that has no winter.

    That did more for my cycles of depression than anything else, including therapists.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    What is helping me are group workouts. I had a hard time motivating myself to work hard at the gym on my own everytime. For group workouts, all I have to do is show up, then my competitive nature kicks in and I'll work at least hard enough not to embarass myself. Showing up is relatively easy for me if I know that someone is expecting me to be there, for instance running with a small group of friends who will miss me if I'm not there. It's harder with group classes at the gym, crossfit for instance, where no one is really keeping track of whether I show up or not.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    VOLUNTEER! If you have the spare time, I recomend volunteering at a cancer center. It's a great cause, and helps you put things into perspective! It's hard to complain about petty things, when you see just how hard some people have it! I volunteered at the local cancer center, for my honors classes in college. I found that having the ability to get out of bed in the morning is a LUXURY! Always remember to take time and smell the roses.If you have a bed to sleep in at night, food to eat every day, and clean clothes to wear...what more could you ask for?
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Doing what makes me happy in most of other areas of my life, so the ones that don't make me happy, don't have much leverage of my state of mind and feelings. I love me... even if it means not caring anymore about someone who hurt me... oh forget it.
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    Oct 06, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    Knowing that life has its ups and downs. And that 24 hours can bring about a huge change. icon_cool.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 06, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    You know when something bad has happened in your life, like the death of a relative or the loss of a job, and you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, and then you slowly remember the loss and dread getting up?

    I'm doing the opposite now. I wake up with a sense of dread. When the cobwebs float away I wonder what I was dreading.

    Everything is going well, aside from being single but that's not news.Story of my life.
  • EddieT

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    Oct 06, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    I do multiple things for motivation:

    1. Buy clothes that I wanna fit in was my first motivation, ironically, when i got down to that size I realized I never bought other clothes so the one shirt that fit me good was all I had for nice stuff.

    2. I would do the cheesy sticky notes around the house and my room

    3. I thought of all the people who hurt me because of how bad of shape I was, and how I would prove them wrong

    4. Look at all the hot people in the gym and push through workouts


    It's helped! 50lbs down!
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    Oct 08, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    I rarely ever have a down day. Instead, I have a gratitude list running in the back of my mind pretty much all the time. I just started with the basics: Grateful for having two legs, two arms, two eyes, ears, etc. I would remind myself how lucky I was to be healthy, not in a wheelchair, or on a ventilator, etc. I'd go from there and be grateful for having all the good people I have in my life, and plenty to eat, etc. Grateful for living in a great place, having so much opportunity and luck.......... anyway - when you think positively and with a gratitude list - it pulls you up out of a temporary funk. Someone older and very bright once told me: "We make our own happiness" and that seems to be true for me.
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    Oct 08, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    I'm looking at my thousands of motivators right now! icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 08, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    chompsticks saidJust wondering what do you do to motivate yourselves when you have those days, weeks, or months when you have trouble picking yourself up? Feel like I have been on the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags all year. I am sort on my way back up but with winter coming around I am going to fall down hard at some point.


    Volunteer, give to others in some meaningful way or ways. Set a goal for yourself for something important and keep your mind occupied with constructive things. Also, look at beautiful men like you and that might help provide at least temporary relief icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 08, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    JR_RJ saidI'm looking at my thousands of motivators right now! icon_wink.gif


    Aww ..icon_wink.gif

    M u s i c .
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    Oct 08, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    har19 said
    JR_RJ saidI'm looking at my thousands of motivators right now! icon_wink.gif


    Aww ..icon_wink.gif

    M u s i c .

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    Oct 08, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    LOL, Well I can tell you keeping myself busy helps me out, but I can only go on for so long!

    On a side note... I started my new job and was a nervous wreck today but.....
    I started working out again after almost a year out of it. Wanna be a buff panda bear.... Hopefully I will stick to the workouts and not lose track of my sights.