‘Dedication is doing something you said you would do, long after the mood you said it in has disappeared.’
I love this quote, it’s so true and it got me thinking about how I stay dedicated.
Firstly I would say the most important thing is really wanting it and I mean really wanting it, whatever ‘it’ is. Not just something you fancied doing on a whim after that second caipirhinia (Don’t judge, we’ve all been there!).
Secondly, and the thing that really helps to keep me dedicated, is by being surrounded by like minded people with similar goals and ambitions. If your friends are spending their weekends knocking back vodka shots, gorging on takeaways and junk food and rolling into bed at 4am most nights then it’s likely you will end up doing the same. On the flip side however, if you have friends that are used to sticking to some kind of schedule, eat delicious clean food (at least 80% of the time, no one’s perfect!), swear by a decent nights sleep and spend their days totally kicking ass then it is likely that you will feel inspired to do the same.
Now I’m not saying you have to be boring, life is far too short for that! What I am saying is that you learn when to let your hair down and when to stay focused, ensuring that you’re fully able to get up at 6am and squeeze in that killer workout before work!
Another little something that really helps me, is visualisation techniques. See that photo up top? Thats a little portion of my living room wall. I see those images whenever I walk in the room and do you know what? They totally inspire me to keep going when I might be thinking of taking an extra rest day (Please note I am fully behind rest days, rest days rock! If your body truly needs them! I’m talking about those rest days I get tempted to take when I just can’t be arsed and need an extra kick up the bum!) or subbing a long run with a short run, whatever, they inspire me to keep pushing hard.
Also when I’m talking about visualisation techniques I’m talking about really visualising yourself completing a task, and doing a damn good job of it! Take 5 minutes before you go to bed at night and just imagine yourself jumping out of bed at whatever ungodly time your alam is set, pulling on your workout clothes and powering through an awesome workout, just imagine how good you will feel afterwards. It also helps to have your workout clothes laid out ready for you to pull on before your brain figures out what you’re doing and tries to convince you to get back into bed! Pesky mind! On the subject of having clothes already laid out, I also always have my workout prepared the night before. That way I am less tempted to float around the gym, do a few exercises and then leave. I like (or should I say, I need…) structure. It’s the only way for me to get stuff done!
How do you stay dedicated?