Ah, motivation.

The elusive force that is holding us all back. If only we could find it and hold on to it long enough to get fit, eat healthily or overhaul all those bad habits. At least that's what many people tell themselves, scrolling social media to get inspired enough by someone to make a salad or hit the gym.

Choosing between what we want now and what we want most.

There’s plenty of articles and blog posts online talking about how to get and stay motivated. What’s missing is that successful people aren't always motivated. Everyone has the days when they are tired and take out is so much more appealing than the cold meal you have waiting for you in the fridge, the same one you’ve eaten the last two days. Or days when we drag out getting to the gym, wandering around the house aimlessly in activewear, procrastinating. But successful people push through not being motivated in the moment because they have a long-term goal in mind. Or have turned these actions into habits so they get done without thinking too much about it.

I don't want to admit how long it took me to do 1 pull up!

I don't want to admit how long it took me to do 1 pull up!

Talk does not cook rice.

Do you know a person who is always talking about wanting to get healthy, or shed a few pounds or take up a new sport but just doesn't do anything about it? “I don’t have time”, they say. Let me challenge that and say that you just aren't prioritising your time. If you are watching one show on Netflix a day or spending 20 minutes on social media that’s time you could have used to cook a healthy meal or do a bodyweight circuit at home to get a sweat going.

Make time or make an excuse

Write out your priorities in order of most important to least important and I will bet that watching TV or scrolling social media isn't at the top, chances are these aren't even on your list. Watching Game of Thrones in its entirety probably isn't a popular life goal.

One last tidbit. Don’t overcomplicate it! When trying to establish that healthy improved lifestyle, start small. When we change one thing at a time, we are much more likely to stick with it and turn it into a habit. Keep it simple and don’t sweat the small stuff. If you miss a scheduled workout or end up ordering pizza for dinner - that’s life. Just make sure you get to your next scheduled workout and your next meal is home cooked. Avoid extreme changes and set yourself up for success.