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Do you ever feel burned out in reaching your fitness and/or nutrition goals?

Most of us know what it takes to be successful with our health and fitness. The problem is that we are human, so we all will fail at some point.

So much of our success with our health and fitness rides on what is going on above the neck (our mindset about our lives, family, friends, work, and the normal everyday stresses that life will present you with). Motivation is all about the mental and emotional.

So, when:

  • the workouts are becoming stale
  • the personal bests aren’t happening
  • it’s starting to get harder and harder to get yourself to the gym

. . . it’s time to flip the script! This is a great I’ve discovered over the years when I’ve lacked motivation.

How to “Flip the Script”

When you’re not feeling motivated, pretend that you’re talking to a friend who has similar goals and motivations as you do.

Now, pretend that your friend is the one who is feeling burned out, and they’ve come to you for advice on snapping out of this.

What would you tell them? Write it down.

Why Does This Work?

This works because we always hold others more accountable than ourselves. Think about it.

  • When was the last time you planned on going to the gym and you didn’t?
  • When were you supposed to eat that healthy home cooked meal and opted to not cook and drive yourself to the nearest fast food joint?
  • When have you told yourself, “Ah, I can go to the gym tomorrow” or, “I will start my diet Monday”?

But, when one of your friends asks you for advice about working out or eating right you seem to always give them the advice of exactly what you need to do.

It’s easier to let ourselves off the hook and much easier to not let others off the hook.

Give It a Try!

If you’ve been letting yourself off the hook, it’s time to give yourself some tough love — just as you might with a friend. Next time you’re lacking motivation, practice “flipping the script” and write down the advice you’d give a friend. Some examples could include:

  • write down all the snacks you eat for a week so you can see where you need to make changes
  • find a nutrition challenge to try
  • schedule your gym workouts with a friend so you can hold each other accountable
  • sign up for a local half marathon or other competitive event

We’re all motivated by different things, and you know what works for you.

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