Finding it hard to make your health a daily priority? Can’t stick to that diet? Are you letting a day off turn into a few days? Or a few weeks? Join the club – I know I’m not jumping for joy at the thought of going to the gym either.
Take today, for example. I simply decided that I didn’t feel like sweating. I just didn’t feel that it was necessary… and I opted out of some much-needed gym time in favor of less perspiration. I guess you could say my motivation’s pretty low.
It’s not like we’re not trying. We set goals, make a plan; but after awhile that goal is hard to remember and it takes a bit more motivation than we originally thought… or more motivation than we feel we have. But that goal is important (why would you have set it in the first place?) so we must dig deep to reach it. Sometimes, real deep.
Whether your goal is to run a half-marathon, lose ten pounds, eat healthy, etc., here are some surefire ways to keep you motivated!
1. Keep your skinny jeans in sight.
First of all, buy them. Who cares if you can’t fit into them now? You will be able to after you’ve accomplished your goal! Then hang ‘em in a place you can see them. Every day. Try them on after every workout if you really want to. Whatever your goal is, put a reminder in plain view so you have something to strive for.
2. When and where?
Set your date with victory right now. When can you legit accomplish this goal? Be honest with yourself (you don’t want to set yourself up for failure), but don’t set that date so far off that you won’t stay on task. And write that ish down. Then make a countdown so you always know where you stand. (I love the free Countdown Widgets on my Macbook and Droid).
3. Treat yourself.
Buy those killer heels. Get a new hair cut. Read for pleasure. Reward yourself for resisting sugar cravings for the last week or making yourself go to the gym for the last month! These little treats will keep you fresh and motivated. After all, you are making a positive change, so you want to reward yourself periodically for sticking to your plan!
4. Gossip… about yourself
Tell ALL of your friends about your goal. Hell, try to guilt trip your friends or roommates into joining the cause too. Tell the homeless guy on the corner. Tell your cute new neighbor (maybe he’ll go running with you!) The more people know about what you’re trying to accomplish, the less you’ll want to let them all down!
5. Don’t just say it – scribe it.
Write it down. It makes it all more real. Why are you doing this? Who are you doing this for? What will be the fabulous end result? Write it and read it daily so you’ll remember what you did and how far you’ve come.
6. Get ready for failure.
That’s right. You already know you’re going to trip up eventually! We all do. But if you are aware of it from the start, it won’t be as devastating. When the time for a negative attitude or laziness rolls around, you’ll be prepared to deal with it because, hey, you’ve been expecting it! And after you’ve dealt with whatever it may be, you’ll be stronger and more focused on your goal!
What strategies do you use to keep yourself on track?