I know you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about. Well this is a motivation method that has worked for me particularly related to reaching my fitness goals (picture starting to form?). The way the ‘Not Until’ motivation method works is that it subjects you to endure something (you don’t particularly like or enjoy) until you reach your goals. Take me for instance, right now I am refusing to shave my stomach until I get firm, lean, and muscular looking abs. Now to someone else this may not be a big deal but for me personally, I absolutely HATE having hair on my stomach. It looks gross!! It’s been about 3 weeks now and my stomach looks like that of a hairy man’s back. I’ve provided a pic below of how my stomach looks now. When my abs look the way I’d like them to, I’ll shave my stomach. This doesn’t affect anyone but me and that’s fine. I get motivation from knowing the harder I work toward reaching my goal, the quicker I can get rid of my hairy stomach.
Now this is just one of my ‘not until’ methods that I’m sharing with you but this can be used in so many different ways. For example, you may choose not to shave your legs until you lose 15 pounds or a guy may choose not to shave his face until he gains 5 pounds of muscle. Additional examples are:
I’ll wear the same tie everyday until…..
I’ll do the dishes 2 days a week until…….. (usually applies to the guys)
I won’t get my nails done until…….
I won’t buy any new clothes until….
I won’t use social media until…..
You get the point! This could get very interesting! You could make this as personal or public as you want and entice others to join in as well. If you plan on giving this a try, comment and let me know what your ‘not until’ will be. Also note that this doesn’t have to relate exclusively to fitness. You can apply this to any goal you want to reach such as saving $5,000 dollars and refusing to eat out until you do so.
As promised, here are the pictures of my hairy stomach 😦 I’ll post an updated pic when I reach my goal