Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work hard to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.
A good way to be continuously self-motivated is to implement something like these 8 steps.
- Start simple. Keep motivators around you – things that remind you why you set your goals in the first place.
- Keep good company. Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as chats with others at the session or a quick discussion with a fit, health conscious friend who shares similar interests.
- Keep mixing things up. If you know that food is your weakness, explore the array or resources out there to find healthy recipes to keep your diet interesting. The more satisfied you are with what you’re eating, the less likely you are to go in search of that unhealthy pick-me-up.
- Keep a positive attitude. There’s is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.
- Stop thinking. Just do. If you find your motivation to exercise lacking, don’t think about tomorrow, the next day, or when you might find time to get to a sessiom later in the week… Go today!
- Know yourself. Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and use to your advantage.
- Track your progress. Keep track of your improvements. There are measurement tools available to you whether they be weight related or not. It’s hard to identify successes when you don’t keep track of things.
- Help others. Share your goals and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Tell people about your success and get the positive feedback you deserve from others.
As always, if there is anything further we can do to help keep you motivated or on track, we’d love to hear from you!