how to get motivated to exercise

Motivation Is Useless

how to get motivated to exercise

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Oh no….

There it is…

My Alarm!! “Surely not already?!?! I only just closed my eyes!”

You lay there, motionless with that ‘little voice’ in your head running wild but your body isn’t moving. Are you going to wake up and hit the gym, send those emails, write the business plan, have that healthy breakfast or are you going to hit the snooze button? Let the battle commence.

We’ve all been there at some point but what happened? You were so motivated last night, you had everything planned out, you watched a motivational video, you were pumped! You were going to get up, workout, have a healthy breakfast and work on your new business idea. How could 7 hours of sleep change all that?

Motivation is useless.

Before my inbox fills with fans of motivational videos and the like, let me explain. I LOVE motivation but it is useless if you do it once a week, in the same way brushing your teeth would be useless if you did it once a week. You need to get in touch with your motivation and WHY you’re doing things at least once every single day.



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When you get in touch with why you’re aiming to accomplish whatever it is you’re after every single day, it will shape everything that you do. How you eat, how you think, what you say, how you feel and how you respond to that alarm clock. It will be a very rare occasion that your important goals will take a back seat in favour of a few more minutes of ‘micro-sleep’


WHY SHOULD I BE MOTIVATED EVERY DAY?!? Because you CAN create the life you want and it’s going to take a big investment of time and effort.


WHY SHOULD I BE MOTIVATED EVERY DAY?!? Because you will be the role model for your friends, family and colleagues and inspire them to take action on their goals.


WHY SHOULD I BE MOTIVATED EVERY DAY?!? Because you will honour lost loved ones by leading an inspirational life in their memory. 


WHY SHOULD I BE MOTIVATED EVERY DAY?!? Because motivation = progress and progress = happiness. Everyone wants to be happy. 


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar


I do understand that some days, for whatever reason, are harder than others. There are some things that you can do every morning to put yourself in a motivated state of mind. I will be divulging my new morning ritual in the next few weeks and I want to suggest some ways for you to get started.

Resolve to make motivating yourself something that you MUST do, not something that you should do. This will be ingrained in your daily behaviour before you know it just like brushing your teeth or putting your seatbelt on. 

Use something to get you going. Make sure it’s something that works for you; your favourite song, a phone call with a motivated friend or a Youtube video like the one below. 


how to get motivatedFeed and strengthen your mind. Listen to an inspirational book or podcast as you make your breakfast or on your way to work. I highly recommend Personal Power 2 as the best self-improvement audio programme on the market.  Strengthen your gratitude muscles by getting in touch with and maybe writing down all of the things that you’re grateful for.

Move your body! You can do anything from star jumps to push ups to walking to dancing. You’ll be amazed how moving your body clears your head and motivates you for the day.

Visualize what your life will be like if you get motivated and take action your goals every day. Who will be proud of you? What will your health and physical body be like? What will your finances be like? How happy will you be? What will your relationships be like? See the positive images in HD detail.


“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee


Getting motivated every day has allowed me to have days where I can run a seminar, trade the Foreign Exchange, go for a run and work with a client all in one day. I’m not saying those things to impress you, rather to impress upon you that with a few tweaks to your daily rituals you can be a motivated machine. The only way that I could write my book The Rut Buster was to get up at 3.30am to write it because I had a 9-5 job at the time. That took motivation EVERY day.

There is no need to wait for ‘moments of inspiration’. Make yourself go through the rituals to make yourself motivated every day and a whole bounty of other things will become possible for you. 

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