My personal “AM motivation” routine

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”

- Zig Ziglar

In a recent survey we did on, folks listed lack of motivation as one of the major factors keeping them from reaching their ultimate fitness goals.

So I thought I would share with you my personal “AM motivation” routine that keeps me driving forward in every area of my life each and every day.

Now I feel like I have found my true calling in life and am thankful for that every day. I am on a mission to make a lasting difference in the world. So truth be told I rarely if ever lack motivation when it comes to “work”.

I also really like working out, so I rarely if ever lack motivation to do that, either.

On the other hand, nutrition is something that is a constant battle for me personally. As you may or may not know I lost about 65 pounds almost ten years ago and have kept it off (and then some) since … but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough.

Another one for me personally is maintaining a work/life balance. I will work ’till I drop if I don’t watch it.

Point is I am FAR from perfect – that’s not the place this article comes from. We all have things we have to work on and get better at. This is just my daily routine that I think will help almost anyone get better and get more out of their lives, whatever they want to do and be and accomplish.


My personal “AM motivation” routine

1 - First thing I do when I wake up is some simple joint mobility exercises. Check out THIS post if you missed it on the blog for a video of a simple joint mobility routine you can do. Over the last year this practice alone has been HUGE for me in reducing pain, feeling and moving better during the day, etc.

2 - Next I read something for 10-15 mins that’s going to help me improve my life and get better.

I try to focus on mindset and personal development – type stuff, not so much technical things like how to be a better trainer or how to get more new client leads for my gym, etc.

For example, I just finished reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri by Robin Sharma. GREAT one, you can grab it used on Amazon for a few bucks, check it out. Now I’m reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz – another great one.

3 - After I’m done w reading for the day I start on my gratitude list. I physically write in a journal at least three things I am thankful for. It could be for my wonderful and supportive family and friends, the little one my wife and I will be welcoming into the world soon, for the great area of the country I live in, for a roof over my head and plenty
of food to eat – you get the idea.

If you are not doing this now it is AMAZING the difference it can make in your life. Try it and see.

4 - Now it’s time for reflection. I reflect on the previous day, exactly what I did and accomplished, what I did well, and what I could have done better.

This is another exercise that done consistently will change your life as well. Benjamin Franklin was just one person famous for it. It’s amazing how you can make fast improvements in a really short amount of time doing this.

5 - Finally I plan my day. I write out exactly what my schedule will be, what appts I have to be in, what projects I will be working on, etc. during the course of the day. I visualize everything going perfectly as planned. And then I’m ready to rock!!


Last thing. This entire process takes me about 30 to 45 mins. You might say to yourself “I would love to do this, but don’t have the time.”

I call B.S. on that. What are you doing that is a BETTER use of your time now instead? Watching the news and hearing about another negative event? Checking your email and REACTING to others to start your day?

Make it happen. Get up a little earlier. Watch 30 mins less of TV at night and do it then instead. Bottom line, this exercise can literally change your life – you do not NOT have time to do it ;)

So, there you have it. My personal “AM motivation” routine. Hope you can work something like this into your day and start enjoying the benefits.

Also – would love to hear your feedback ;)

Train hard, and talk soon -

Forest Vance

PS - If you’re a beginner and you’re looking to lose 30,50, even 100 pounds or more – motivation is often a HUGE obstacle that keeps you from starting a fitness
program and sticking with it.

If you are in this situation and need DAILY help keeping yourself motivated, THIS program from my transformation expert friend Ben Teal is the one I recommend.

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