Motivation can be tricky. When we feel motivated, we feel like we can tackle anything. But motivation is an emotion: it can be unpredictable and we don’t feel it all the time — and this is where our habits come in.
If we have the right habits, achieving our goals becomes so much easier. All we have to do is go through our daily routines on a consistent basis and eventually we will end up where we want to be. This is what our main focus will be on.
In addition to this, there are a few other things you can do to try and keep motivation levels high.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY
There’s an old saying that we are a product of the 5 people we choose to surround ourselves with. Who are these 5 people in your life? Are they who you would like to become? Do you admire and respect them? Are they positive and uplifting? If not, perhaps you should reconsider who you are spending the majority of your time with. One of the best ways to find happiness and success is to find those who are highly motivated and know how to create their own happiness. Spend time around these people and you’ll find yourself seeing the world differently and wanting to level up.
CREATE A VISION BOARD
This is such a great motivational tool. Create a vision board and place it somewhere in your house or office so that you look at it every day. Your vision board may include photos of inspirational people or material things, inspirational quotes and images – anything that motivates you to stay accountable and stick to your plan.
MAKE S.M.A.R.T GOALS
This is such an important part of staying motivated. If you don’t have any goals, then you have nothing to work towards and you will be more likely to give up. Set yourself a series of small goals and plan a reward for yourself when you achieve each of these goals. Make sure you revisit your goals often too!
Start a reward system to keep you motivated! This may be as simple as treating yourself to some new active wear or jewellery or something that you have wanted when you reach each of the goals you have set for yourself. Tip: setting yourself smaller goals on the way to achieving your bigger goals will ensure you get more rewards!
Try not to set yourself food rewards. Remember, you are trying to establish positive habits that will form the basis of your new lifestyle.
RECOGNISE YOUR PROGRESS
Tracking your progress is a huge part of staying motivated. If you don’t measure your progress, how will you know if you are getting closer to your goals? Measuring yourself and taking photos is the best way to go. Weighing yourself is another tool to use.
But keep in mind, progress isn’t just about how you look or the number of the scale. It’s about how you feel. It’s about improving your relationship with your body. It’s about improving your relationship with food. It’s about being able to push your body to do things you never thought it could do. It’s about improving your self-confidence. It’s about feeling comfortable to wear an outfit that you never thought you would. It’s about discovering more about yourself. Make sure you are recognising progress in all of these areas too!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
The only limits we have are the ones we place on ourselves. The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. It’s time to let go of these excuses, break down some barriers and allow yourself to reach your full potential!
Holly & Alana xxx