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How do I stay motivated when I am not seeing results?

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Last Updated: 02/18/2022 at 3:50pm
How do I stay motivated when I am not seeing results?
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- Expert in Exercise Motivation
July 27th, 2016 1:27pm
Think of what you want to accomplish in the long run. If it's something you really want, it's going to take time, hard work, and your desire to get it done! You may not see results immediately, and that's okay, just keep pushing until you do! There are times when I get frustrated and want to give up, but when I think about how bad I want it, it motivates me all over again. Just imagine how happy you'll be once you keep going and start seeing those results, keep that happiness in mind! :) You got this!
- Expert in Exercise Motivation
September 3rd, 2016 7:59pm
This may sound a little childish, but I have found it to be a great way to motive me: giving yourself a sticker each time you exercise and you can watch your rewards build up. Something else I read when it comes to exercise is that it takes 4 weeks for you to see results, 8 weeks for your friends and family and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. Each time you exercise you are one step closer to seeing results!
Anonymous - Expert in Exercise Motivation
July 29th, 2016 12:37pm
Try changing your perspective. You may not be //seeing// results in terms of the big picture, but what about your progress week-by-week or day-by-day? For example: When trying to lose weight, one pound lost with an end-goal of losing 20 pounds, is still one pound lost. Now there's just 19 to go, and 19 is less than 20! Or if embarking on a Couch-to-5k program can be daunting. Maybe you can only jog for 30 seconds before getting winded. If the following week you manage 45 seconds of jogging, that's a 50% improvement (in spite of being a mere 15 seconds longer).
- Expert in Exercise Motivation
April 28th, 2018 4:10pm
Remember that, while you may not be seeing results now, you will if you keep on trying. If you stop you will not see results but you will if you keep going. Also, you might not be seeing the results but they are definitely happening, even for things you can’t see like your heart being healthier.
- Expert in Exercise Motivation
August 8th, 2016 7:48pm
Change the results you're looking for? Instead of looking at the scale, think 'Today I'm going to do one more push up than yesterday', or 'I'm going to run half a kilometre more than I did last week', or 'I'll eat one more vegetable today than before'. The trick here is to start REALLY small though (literally something like 'Take a 5 minute walk'), and only increment in small doses - little and often - so you don't burn yourself out too fast. It's more motivating this way, and you'll see progress faster. And naturally you'll start seeing results on the scale too in the end.
August 6th, 2016 8:46pm
Remember that you are an amazing human, who can do anything you want. You just need to believe in yourself. Even though you are not seeing results, doesn't mean you can't do it. You're not gonna give up when you're this close are you?
December 15th, 2016 5:41pm
Human beings are programmed for instant results, your brain doesn't care how important it is to you, it only cares about making you happy NOW. So how do you beat this? REMIND yourself why you started, take a few conscious breathes, be calm and relaxed, consistency is key. Think of how much you're setting yourself back if you quit now.
August 7th, 2016 11:55pm
You've just got to view your goal, and keep going, mentally keep going and keep trying. Try your hardest and you'll achieve anything.
August 28th, 2016 5:02am
It's alright to face failure.... It means that you are on the right path towards your goal. Results cannot be seen immediately...dont worry you will be able to see them.. It will take some time. But in order to get them you need to hang in there... Don't lose hope...when you'll think about the best that can happen it will inspire you keep on going ... Trust me when you believe that you can do it you will be able to achieve results. Thinking about my success and good results did keep me motivated through my hard time,.. I think it will be able to help you as well
September 3rd, 2016 1:11am
I try to put myself in the "now"....and realize everything is progress in the making. It's results. Sometimes just painfully slow can feel so bothersome ...
July 31st, 2016 12:54am
The way I stay motivated is by remembering what I am working towards and remember that I wouldnt want to be in the same spot next year.
August 1st, 2016 8:35pm
Start thinking about the resourcefulness like your own creativity, your past single(however small) accomplishments,your kind gesture,how you smiled or laughed without a reason, how you celebrated your birthday, your rewards and hugs.All these little reminisces will charge you again with full focus and complete awareness of yourself and the work or result for which you are trying.Also, analyze and know where you are making mistakes, whether consciously or unconsciously, and then plan and try to correct for the same next time.
August 21st, 2016 12:57pm
I just have a hope to keep going and hope is very crucial. Without hope people can't do anything. With hope we are almighty.
September 7th, 2016 7:41am
See the amount of efforts that you put in. It's easy to see and believe in the apparent fact as obvious occurrence. Therefore, in order to stay motivated, staying focused is a better alternative than staying with constant self-damnation.
June 29th, 2017 5:55pm
Hi stranger! With everything in life, I understand it could be extremely demotivating to not see immediate results. A quote that always helped me push forward is "you don't set out expecting to build a house everyday - you set out to lay each brick as perfectly as you can, and eventually you'll have the house worth being proud of." Hope this helps!
May 10th, 2018 12:25pm
Know that everything have a process , and usually beautifull results take too long to happen , if it makes you feel any better here is an example in life : GOD could have made a baby in a moment, but He designed it to take 9 months. A seed could have become a massive Oak in a day, but He designed it to take hundreds of years. All things take time. And to all things is a process you cannot speed up. Therefore, success is dependent upon patience (Sayings by Yasmine mogahed )
June 5th, 2018 7:46am
Trying to stay motivated without seeing results is hard. Thinking about what’s happening inside your body and how it’s working can give you motivation. For example, not eating cake and eating fruit - the sugar isn’t beint build up in your body. The same with exercise, if you run a few miles a day, you might not see many results, but on the inside - your muscles are working hard. Just remember, everything has to be started in the inside and when it’s ready, it ends up showing results. Keep doing what you are doing and I’m sure that you will have more motivation than what you can deal with!
July 28th, 2019 5:01am
Hello, I love this question because I could relate a lot to it. My name is Nick, basically I have been obese every since I was in the 5th grade. It got so bad to the point I was 274 pounds at 5'11. I thought I had lost hope. I was a lacrosse player but didn't lose any weight because I am a goalie and goalies don't have to run that much. I am now 201 pounds. How? I had the proper support from my family and friends to pull through the diet. I came to notice that if you have support from other people that's not yourself, you'll begin to see results and your morale will increase greatly. Let me know if you'd like to speak more about it. :)
September 25th, 2019 10:53pm
Stay motivated because You are Trying working hard Don't stay motivated for good results stay motivated for your Hardwork if not tomorrow surely after some Time A perfect Time has been designed already you do not need to worry about the outcomes if they are coming today or tomorrow just keep on moving be motivated Results will come when it’s perfectly best for you not when you want But when life wants you to enjoy Even if you think its the best time But Patience you will get the best of the deservence Trust life it will surely show you the Perfectionist
October 31st, 2019 11:21pm
You just keep moving. One step at a time. No results now? So what? What results can you expect if you do not action? On the other hand, are you taking the correct actions? Have you defined a realistic period of time for results to take place? Personally, I use mantras: Things will be alright is one of my favourites. I look for quotes on the internet that alk about motivation and my personal situation. I talk with my support group. When I do not see results, or the results I see are not the expected, I talk; with firends, family, support group. On difficult times, it has been impossible for me to motivate myself just by my own: I have had to turn into sprituality or "nice ears", keeping the pain for myself is the worst for motivation!!
April 30th, 2020 5:05am
Stop doing things for someone else or getting appreciation from someone. I think we can truly become happy only when we're loving ourselves enough & appreciating our own good work. If you're doing something for someone's validation then you're not doing it right. You, yourself should be enough for your happiness. Take responsibility for whatever your do. Our lives should not be dependent upon someone else. You're doing good & you'll continue doing it only when you're happy with that. Do things for yourself, your happiness. People come go. There was a line from a poem that I remember - "Men may come & men may go but I go on forever."
August 10th, 2016 7:11am
Stop criticizing you for what you aren't and start knowing and recognizing the good in you, simply believe in yourself and have goals never give up!
August 12th, 2016 1:53pm
Do something new try a new exercise or a new healthy meal just work on it & enjoy the process rather than focusing on the number on your scale for instance
August 17th, 2016 9:23pm
Sometimes great things take time, and patience. For instance, when you start a new diet do you see immediate results? No, you have to work at it.
August 21st, 2016 7:13pm
If you are not getting the results you desired, take a step back and evaluate your process. Are you doing something each day to move towards your goals? Are you eating the right foods? Are you stretching and staying hydrated? Even running a mile here or there, or doing push ups every so often is a lot better than doing nothing! Even though you may not be hitting your goals, observe any progress and build upon it! If you could only manage 60 pounds on a certain weights exercise last week, but lifted 65 pounds this week, you're making progress! Keep working hard and use every success as a victory!
August 25th, 2016 12:54pm
Be realistic, it doesn't take one day to get results. Think of the time it took you to get were you are now. Wait for the momentum to catch on! Have fun!
August 30th, 2016 7:36pm
You will see results. Physiologically speaking, there is no way that you won't -- you just have to keep going, and keep going, and not give up. It's like going up a huge, steep, icy hill. You will not reach the top in one split second, you will not see where you are for a while, and you'll slip and fall down if you give up and stop holding on. But then you'll reach the top, and it will be worth all the hard work, and you're going to be so glad that you didn't give up.
August 31st, 2016 7:58pm
The results are probably there just waiting to just come out at a time when you are not really looking for them.
September 1st, 2016 8:10pm
Results do not come instantly. They always take time. Its gradual. Always remember what you want Whenever you feel discouraged. When you give up that's like blocking yourself from getting the results you want
September 4th, 2016 6:48am
Make a journal of all past accomplishments and achievements and it will help motivate you for your new goals