NLP Techniques for Motivation: Exercise


This article is a transcription of the following video from our YouTube channel:

People sometimes ask me how I motivate myself to go to the gym. I go to the gym somewhere between three and five times a week; during very busy times when I’m in the training room for NLP I’ll go three times early in the mornings, when I’m at home I’ll go five times. My life wasn’t always like that, I used to be 100lbs heavier than I am now, so what do I do?

Well, first of all, I do love working out but sometimes I need to give myself a little bit of a kick in the butt to go. So, what really helps me is I basically imagine what it would be like to already be in the gym, like I step into my imaginary time machine and I imagine what I would see, hear, and feel the moment that I’m in the gym. Then I can listen to music, do some cardio, whatever.

If that doesn’t work, I step into the future me that’s coming out of the gym and walking home. I find out that if I imagine what I see, hear, and feel the moment that I do that, I feel great, I get a lot of work done, my entire day changes as a result. That gives me a really good feeling.

Sometimes when it’s cold outside or raining, I’m in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, so that happens quite often, then what I do is imagine what it would be like three months from now. If I went to the gym five times a week, what would I see, hear, and feel the moment I look into a mirror at that moment in time? How would my body be different? That’s a huge motivator.