The following post was written by Jenni K. , who blogs at Fitzala  and is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness .
Source: Shutterstock  Getting yourself up early to cram in your 45 minutes of physical activity doesn't always rank high on the average person's enjoyment list. Whether you go to the gym to lose weight or run to stay healthy, the fire within you isn't always going to burn bright. So how do we stay motivated? How do we keep pushing on in exercise or healthy eating when it becomes boring, forced, or unappealing? Motivation is a by-product of happiness and desire. By influencing either of the two, you can essentially create motivation. If something makes you happy, you do it more often. If something is important to you, you're more likely to grind it out when things get rough. Instead of coasting along, try a few of these activities to figure out what you want.
- List out a few goals  for your health, personal life, and career.
- Write a list of three things you want to improve.
- Share your goals that you want to achieve with your friends.
- Set deadlines for personal goals.
- Make a bucket list.