What motivates you? I asked several people recently and received completely different answers from each of them. Some needed to be accountable, some needed to be reminded, some had to go back to their ‘why’ and some just wanted to fit into their jeans!
It is so hard to stay motivated sometimes. Life gets in the way and we can quickly lose our initial enthusiasm. It is easier to stay under the covers in cold weather and hibernate with a good book – but whilst I promote having relaxation – you need to MOVE to be healthy.
Motivation is a personal thing and it really has to come from within. In fact, I often wonder ‘who motivates the motivator?’ What strategies do they use?
We need something to get motivated about. It might be to lose weight, be healthier, find more time, or larger goals like saving for a holiday, running a marathon or trekking in Nepal. Set your goal, write it down and put it on your bathroom mirror so that you see it every morning. The secret to keeping motivated is that you really want it more than anything. Being half-hearted won’t cut it!
When you share your goal you have made the commitment to yourself and set yourself up to be accountable. I decided at 55 to run my first full marathon however it wasn’t until I shared this with a select few that it became ‘real’ in my mind and a little bit of pride kicked in as I didn’t want to fail.
It is no good saying I’m going to do this or that without making a plan. Anything worthwhile will take commitment and time. How often do we say ‘I don’t have time to exercise’, ‘I don’t have time to prepare healthy meals’. Planning your strategy for achieving your goal will keep you motivated.
Write down your plan in your calendar and make the time.
Sometimes we start off all ‘gung ho’ with something only to find that we crash and burn by Day 2! The secret to achieving your goal and staying motivated is to see results.
Trying to achieve everything at once will become overwhelming and we are more likely to give up. Breaking your main goal into sub goals will enable you to see your progress and keep you enthusiastic as you tick each sub goal off the list.
Exercising on your own can sometimes be a drag and the time seems to go much faster if you have a workout buddy. You will also be making yourself accountable because there is someone else affected if you don’t turn up.
Sometimes with exercise in particular, we just don’t feel like doing it. The secret is to say to yourself ‘I will walk for 10 minutes’. You will find that most of the time you keep going past that 10 minute mark but subconsciously thinking about only a short period of time seems easier to achieve than saying ‘I’m going to run for an hour’.
I used to think I was a failure if I missed an exercise session but now I realise that life can get in the way. We all have days where we feel a distinct lack of motivation and bed and coffee sound much more appealing.
Sometimes we have to give into this as it might be a way of our bodies or minds sending us the message that they need rest. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO GET BACK ON TRACK.
You can have a rest day, in fact I promote that, however if you are working towards a goal you need to accept that today wasn’t a great day but tomorrow will be better.
Join me tomorrow for ‘N’ is for Nourishment – It’s not all about food.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!