Motivation – how to find it when we lose it? | Lenise Collimore

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Lenise Collimore

Am happy to present Lenise Collimore, one of our lovely Get in Touch Network Partners, who once has given an inspiring talk to tour Get in Touch Group (see pics in this blogpost).

She then told us about her own personal ‘journey in life’, coming from somewhere else in the world, via via landed in Eindhoven, and how she managed to get herself rooted again.

Her initiative to start her own blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’ has been a great support for herself, but also for a lot of followers, especially internationals who are searching around for useful and relevant information about sports in general, sports events, specific sports, sport experiences .. in English!

Lenise provides for that in her appealing personal way in her blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’.  Below she has written a post for our own Get in Touch Blog about how motivation and ‘getting in motion’ are closely linked to each other … enjoy and thx Lenise !


Some days I just don’t have it. I get snowballed with work and family life. And I can procrastinate with the best of them. “I don’t have time”, I say. “I will do it tomorrow”, I tell myself, unconvincingly. And the more I do this, the less motivation I have. And the less motivation I have, the more I put things off. And the more I put things off, the worse I feel. It can affect my sleep, my mood, my concentration, and my choices.

For me, exercise and motivation are tightly linked. If I don’t get a good dose of movement in my day, I can’t quite keep up with anything. But what happens when I don’t have the motivation to exercise? How do I find it again?


I get dressed in my workout clothes in the morning. These clothes aren’t what I’d wear to work, or a meeting, or even dropping my kids off at school. So I need to do something in them before anything else. If I move first thing in the morning, I’m guaranteed a more productive day.

  1. I plan my day. Not so much with an extensive to-do list, but with small, manageable goals. This can include anything from ‘eat breakfast – 20 minutes; work – 2 hours; run – 30 min; shower – 10 min; lunch – 30 min…’ You get the idea! Including these clear time frames really helps me to manage my day, and it ensures that I get in some form of exercise. And crossing each thing off really gives me a sense of achievement, even if it is knowing that I took time to eat!
  2. Organize to exercise with a friend. If someone is expecting me, I’m less likely to find an excuse not to go. No one wants to let down a friend, right?
  3. Join a sports group / club. If I pay money for something, I’m definitely going to turn up for it!
  4. Join an online group. I found a couple of Facebook groups that really help motivate me. One I really like is called This Girl Can. People share their tips, struggles, and achievements. And although I don’t share much myself, I find a ton of motivation on this page.


We live in a city that is amazingly easy and safe to get around by bike. Buy one. Borrow one. Bike instead of taking the car. Your body will thank you, and so will the environment!

I want to leave you with a video from This Girl Can that makes me get out and move every time I watch it. But first I’d love to know what motivates you? How do you get it back when you’ve lost it? Share your tips with our Get in Touch community!




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