We all find it difficult to motivate sometimes. It’s not easy to wake up in the morning, go to the gym when you’re sleepy, and force yourself to do a difficult workout. (Hopefully) we all understand that we do this for our health and happiness. When we are fit, we have more quality time on this earth and feel better about ourselves. But sometimes that logical cost benefit analysis just doesn’t provide the inspiration we need. This is where gratitude can comes in.
As a general rule in life, a good way to fix any negative thought or feeling is by replacing it with gratitude. It is impossible (or at least extremely difficult) to experience two emotions at one time. Go ahead and try being happy and angry at the same time. The same is true of gratitude and other emotions. A positive emotion can replace a negative emotion just like a positive thought can replace a negative thought. When you feel the annoyance of having to wake up early to work out, fit a workout in your day, having sore muscles, or the desire to be doing anything other than working out, a simple shift in your thinking can turn all of that around. By thinking that you GET to work out you can change that negative thought pattern into motivation. Instead of thinking “I HAVE to get up and work out” or “I don’t feel like going to the gym” replace that self-talk with “I GET to get up and workout” or “I GET to go to the gym.”
The fact that you have a body capable of exercising is not something everyone has. There are people with diseases or lost limbs that would give anything for the ability to have a functioning body to improve. And if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that has a gym and you can afford a membership, get excited about the fact that you have access to a place whose sole purpose is to make it easy and fun for you to stay in shape. Our thoughts affect our emotions and our emotions affect how we see the world. Gratitude is a powerful emotion. Use it to help take your physical health to another level and link your physical and mental well-being.