We’re on the Fourth week of April and you’re “just done”. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one feeling like this. With finals for college right around the corner, along with my full-time job, not to mention the NASM test that is in June, and keeping up with all of yall. Yeah, surprised doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel. If there is a word that could best describe how I feel right now, that word would be “Tired”.

The saying “Work hard now, so you don’t have to later” couldn’t feel any more intangible than it has, for the last few… years.

The problem is that us Millenials is that we want our results now, not in 10 years. Not in 5 years. Hell, we even throw a fit when it takes 90 days.

We often give up on those great endeavors because we don’t see much forward movement. I don’t blame you for feeling that way, but sometimes that lateral movement that you’re currently doing is getting you out of the wrong path and onto the right one.

Here are 3 tips to keep you motivated.

1. Put sticky notes in the places you need them most.

When your day consists of constantly waking up at 545am to get to work on time, or staying up til 2 in the morning finishing up your presentation. Whatever that may be, analyze your situation and mend where you can. I struggle with waking up early on my days off, there are times where I wake up, cook breakfast and it’s already noon. The other place I struggle is losing focus when I’m on my computer doing homework or creating content.

Nobody is going to motivate you any more than you will. Write on a dang sticky note and leave it at the place you need it most. On my days off I set my alarm at 8 am, which gets me 6-8 hours most of the time. (…but if I sleep a little longer I’ll maybe feel more refreshed…* turns off alarm*) That’s exactly what runs through my mind on my days off, and it normally had the greater hand over me.

Take action, even if that means putting sticky notes up on the ceiling right above your head so you can see it, when your lazy ass wants to snooze. Place sticky notes on your laptop to remind you to stay off your phone. Place sticky notes on the kitchen cabinets because Lord knows you’re weak willpower will allow you to devour all of your kids Oreos. Place a sticky note right in the middle of the television to remind you to get off of the tube and finish that book collecting dust thats now propping your door open.

The power of your own handwriting, your own words, creates a stronger impact versus somebody else verbally telling you. They’re your words. You’re goals. Those hit harder.

2. Create a Vision Board.

Create a timeline, whether you make it a similar format to a calendar or a timeline, doesn’t matter which, just start. The timeline isn’t going to be from the day you were born to this current day. This timeline is actually meant to take place in the future.

This timeline is just as it sounds, a vision board. Everything you want to accomplish this week, this month, this year, next year, in 5 years, and the possibilities are as open as your mind is.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017:  After the countless hours reviewing, the repeated mornings of waking up in my bed with textbooks lying next to me. After all the tears, early mornings, and restless nights. I can finally say I’m a Registered Nurse.

Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Walking down that aisle with my loved one and finally fitting in that dress. Although, at first I only wanted to fit in the dress to look good, but I learned that feeling healthy instead of looking healthy brought me much more happiness than I could imagine. I’m glad I didn’t give up.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018: I knew that I wanted to make it to a national level show. I knew I had it in me. Even though I wanted to quit in ’17, I buckled down and showed true grit. Staying in and resting, instead of going out and staying up late. The hours and hours of perfecting poses. Eating quality foods more often than burgers and fries. I’m so glad I kept fighting. I remember I went in today hoping for top 5, but it turns out I put enough work for IFBB.

Keep that vision board somewhere you will see everyday, to constantly remind you not to let your future self down.

3. Write quotes on the restroom mirror.

We use our own restroom quite often, the first thing in the morning and almost always the last thing. (At least I hope you brush your teeth that regularly) Writing quotes on your mirror with dry erase markers can do many things for you. Write a new one once a week, every Sunday night so you can start the week with a fresh new feeling. Happiness, Hopefulness, Gratefulness, whatever it may bring to you its worth a shot. Throw a joke on there every once in a while and see how that makes you feel. If you live with your wife and kids, take a notice on how they react to it, how it changes the way they start the morning. Maybe it’ll get your little girl to excitedly hop outta bed Monday morning, instead of having to drag her out of bed to get dressed for school. Maybe even to encourage them to brush their teeth. (*cough Eloy cough*)

It doesn’t take much at all, but a little google search and some writing.

There comes a point in time where we all struggle. When we want to give up and take it easy, but don’t, you’re almost there I promise.

 

-Eddie Villarreal

Top Dead Center Fitness

 

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