How to GET Motivated & STAY Motivated

By: Joe Cross

Coming to you from the busy streets of Hong Kong this week to bring you the twelfth consecutive Ask Joe Anything. The weather is beautiful here so I hope wherever you are has some sunshine too. This week’s question is one I receive quite often — it’s all about motivation. Hear my answer by watching the video below or of course, there’s always the option to read it. If you have a question for me, make sure to share it in the comment section below or ask me on social media using #AskJoeAnything. If you’ve missed the previous Ask Joe Anything series, you can check out the questions I’ve already covered in the past eleven weeks.


How do you get motivated and STAY motivated?

I try to use the time machine that we’ve all got. To me, the day that I looked in the mirror at 40 years of age and 320 pounds and loaded on medication, I was wondering how did I get here at age 40 when 20 years ago, I was fit, healthy and invincible basically. So I went out to age 60 in my mind and thought, how am I going to be then? Bottom line, I was scared, I was frightened and maybe I wasn’t even going to make 60. So I use that time machine, to travel forward and think about the choices that I make today, and how they will lay out and plan for what I’m going to be like in the future.

So, what I try to do is think about getting more plant food into my life every day. I’m kind of like the 80/20 rule; about 80% of the time I’m pretty good, 20% of the time, forget about it, I’m not good at all. But what I try not to do is beat myself up and focus on those times when I haven’t hit what I need to do. I try to focus on those positive times.  If you have a look at my new book, Reboot with Joe: Fully Charged, you’ll see that one of the seven keys is about being kind to yourself, respecting yourself, and loving yourself, and if you can give yourself a break and not be so hard on yourself, then it’s possible to actually get more motivated and be positive.

I use a little bit of scare tactics...I want to be able to be in my 90’s or even in my 100’s playing singles tennis. So, that’s the objective, what I do today is going to lay the foundation for what I do tomorrow. And so when there are times I see the chocolate ice cream and I want to do it, I think have I earned it? Have I done enough exercise? Have I had good sleep? And have I consumed plenty of plants? That’s how I try to do the motivation.


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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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