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9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated

Ways to Rediscover Your Drive


Everyone tells us to stay motivated. Our friends, our co-workers, our relatives say to keep going, don’t quit. Sometimes, though, you ask, "Why? Why try my hardest when it ends in disappointment? Why go through something when it’s going to hurt? Why?"

Because it’s going to be different this time! Because you can’t accomplish anything that you give up on. Disappointments and failures happen to everyone. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. If you’re motivated, you’ll keep going. If you keep going, eventually you’ll reach your goal.

Need more reasons? Here are 10 of our ‘hidden’ reasons to stay motivated. Use one or all of them to keep the fire burning inside you.

1. Confidence

How did it feel after that first jog around the block? Or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath? The more you accomplish, the more you’ll believe in yourself.

2. Fit into that dress

It’s been hanging up in your closet for two years now, just waiting to be thrown on for a night on the town. All it takes is for you to go that extra mile and stay on track. Before you know it, those two years will be ancient history.

3. Make the week easier

Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it’s only Tuesday? This happens when you’re not working towards anything. When you have a goal in mind, you’ll want to cook that healthy dinner or go to the gym. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable.

4. Gives you purpose

Every once in a while, we need a good reason to get out of bed. Here it is, right in front of you. Eat the healthy breakfast that’s going to jump start your day, go for your morning jog, or walk to the driveway and grab the newspaper. When you’re motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.

5. For your kids

And your grandkids. And their kids, too. The healthier you are, the longer you’ll be around to watch your kids grow and to spoil your grandchildren. They’ll want you to be around as long as possible; consider this just another present.

6. Power of momentum

It’s a scientific fact – something in motion tends to stay in motion. Momentum builds quickly and can lead to great results. Suddenly, you’re not only working for the goal, but also to keep your streak alive. Even more reason to reach your goals.

7. The ‘wow’ effect

Picture this: Walking into a restaurant, you run into someone from high school, and their eyes light up. They gasp, "Wow, you look great!" By sticking with your goals, this can happen. Watch the "wows" add up.

8. Spread the spark

When friends and family see how hard you’re working, they’ll wonder how they can reach their own goals. Guess who they’re going to look to for help? By staying motivated, you’ll not only help yourself, but others too.

9. Keep gaining experience

The more you do, the more you will learn and understand. You’ll discover which tactics work best for you and which ones don’t. It’s like weeding out the garden - not the most enjoyable job in the world, but when you’re done, all that’s left are beautiful flowers. Keeping sticking with it and soon it will be all flowers for you.

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Member Comments

  • thankyou for sharing
  • Great motivational article.
  • Great article. remainders of things known but either forgotten or ignored.
  • Great article. Thanks
  • first day for my new lifestyle, and i sure hope this works!
  • To be healthy is my motivator
    These "wow" factors are great, but there are many of us that have experienced these "factors" many times, yet still gained weight back, over and over again. No matter how great the "wow's" were....there is still a lot more at work that causes people to lose motivation, and "experts" still haven't found exactly what.
  • Yesterday I wore a dress to dinner that I have had for 2 years and never could fit into. I loved it and could not get rid of it. I think motivation is everything. When I started this journey 5 years ago, I wanted to sit on the floor and play with my 1 year old granddaughter. 3 weeks ago, I played on the floor, swang on the swing, played freeze tag, and walked to the to the city park with my 6 yr old granddaughter. It was awesome, but as good as that felt, it feels better to know that I am doing this for me. Somewhere along this journey, I went from external to internal motivation and that makes this a lifelong adventure!
  • I wrote a blog on "the WOW effect" My weight loss journey took about 2 years. Living in a small town, everyone saw my journey. My favorite time to walk is early morning and during the school year, most of the people saw me walking and my dedication. I've been maintaining almost a year and I'm still getting the WOWs and told how motivation and inspirational I am. I'm still amazed with it.
    Some say motivation is the MOST difficult thing in the world to grow. I think group support is the soil the seed of motivation emerges from. The problem is watering it to keep it going and growing. Words from friends are the vitamins that nurish our plant of 'Motivatia'......
    like my new Latin word for motivation? Hehe. I need acres and acres of this plant. I need it to be a vine that covers a castles wall,a vine that tangles itself into my heart, soul and mind, eeking out any uncertainty...I pray daily asking God to help me thru my hundred pound journey. Albeit 10 pounds or a million, each are mountains we must climb and hold on for dear life, trying not to back slide or go backwards. Up and over, here I come, big Kardashian behind and I ...I intend on having fun while I am doing this very brave thing few of us are strong enough to try. We are the unknown super heroes of the world. We can see it in each others eyes when we pass eachother, clutching our weight watchers menus. Be loose, be free, weight be released from me.
  • I like the Wow factor, because my hubby says that often to me when he thinks I'm looking especially good! I thought about it and it would be really cool to tally up your 'wows'.
    What about marking down a Wow for the moment when you receive a Wow from these ten people /or for these reasons:
    1. spouse 2. kids 3. family (like siblings or parents) 4. acquaintance (co worker?) 5. extended family (like at a reunion or wedding/funeral) 6. Friend 7. Complete Stranger ( like someone who says, Wow! You don't LOOK like you've got diabetes! Or you have SIX CHILDREN? Wow! You don't LOOK like it!') 8. Myself (when I am REALLY shocked at how well I look) 9. Dress Goal (that special dream outfit you've been dying to get into) 10. When you've achieved that seemingly impossible fitness goal. Wouldn't those WOWS be fun to keep track of? and SHARE on spark? :)
    My friends are the perfect image of health and they modavate me to make healthy choices

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Zach Van Hart Zach Van Hart
Zach is a journalist who regularly covers health and exercise topics.
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