Motivation is the hardest thing to get and then maintain. Sure, you have all the motivation in the world when you're watching Rocky. What about when you're sitting at your desk? What about when you're sitting at home in front of the TV? That's when you have to have the will power. That's when it benefits you to surround yourself with people that share your goals.
Maintaining that drive is something I have been struggling with lately, which is why I decided to write a small post about it. I have my routine. I've planned out everything. I know what days to do which workouts. I've planned out meals and at what time. That's step 1. Step 2 is following through and making adjustments when necessary. Holiday parties, birthday's, get togethers, etc. should not deter you from your goal. Bring that bottle of water with you when you leave the house. Look ahead and plan out your meals if something through a wrench in your normal plans. Keep that picture of Stallone or Arnold in your car. Know where the finish line is and go full speed ahead!!