Knowing what you are striving for will help you get closer to achieving it. With respect to your bodybuilding goals, write down why you want to change your body, and this will help you appreciate that the sacrifices necessary will be worth it. Motivation and commitment are essential to achieving your goals. By skipping workouts, you are only short changing yourself. True motivation can only come from within, so the decision to achieve your goals rests solely upon your shoulders. Everyone is unique. For this reason, different factors have different meanings to various people. What stimulates you may be meaningless to others. Words of encouragement from coaches, training partners, or even friends can help motivate you to perform beyond your expectations. For some however, words may fall on deaf ears, and the opportunity to quietly reflect and mentally rehearse your performance may be of greater benefit. The underlying factor here is that you must use what motivates you, and no one else. By taking this approach, you will not only be committed, but maintain your motivation.
Without goals in place, you will lack direction. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals. This means goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based. Write these down, and check them regularly. Have this handy so that you can check them frequently. By taking this approach, you can set goals that are obtainable. To help maintain motivation, treat yourself when goals are achieved. Whether it is a holiday or some new clothes, reward yourself for your efforts. Training with a friend can also help motivate you, especially on cold winter mornings. By incorporating exercise into your daily routine, such as at the same time each day, it will become a habit. Forming a healthy habit like this will really help you achieve your goal. To ensure that your training doesn’t get stale, change it occasionally to keep it challenging and interesting. Being prepared can reduce the probability of you skipping a session. Pack your gym gear the night before. This is better than leaving things to the last moment when excuses can creep in.
When you commit yourself to SMART goals, you are much more likely to achieve what you are after. Commit these to paper and review them regularly. Record your progress in a training diary so that you can gauge your progress against your goals. This way, you will be less likely to skip a workout, and the gains that you make will inspire you to continue with your training, taking you to new levels of strength and development.