Sometimes, where exercise and striving for progress are concerned, you have to be your own motivator.
You can’t do it to impress your significant other or show up whoever is at that class or family reunion that you haven’t seen in ages—you have to do it simply because it’s the right thing to do and you know it’s what your body needs to operate at it’s peak. You have to be able to dig deep to find the elements about it that keep you committed to doing it everyday—minus the accolades or the compliments because, quite frankly, those won’t always be there.
Fitness goals are a personal endeavor for those who understand there’s more to getting fit than being able to wear a pair of skinny jeans or being able to rock a tank top with confidence (although those things are nice). It’s about challenging your limits and seeing where the challenge takes you—both physically and mentally.
If you do that, you don’t need an audience or an accolade to reaffirm the results your hard work get you. Those things, then, would just be the icing on the cake.