Way to often, people tell me that they have lost motivation for achieving their health and wellness goals. You may have stopped seeing results, become bored with your current routine, your priorities may have changed or you may be experiencing other set-backs. So how do you get yourself motivated again? Let’s look at 5 ways for you to re-gain your spark…
- SIMPLIFY YOUR GOALS: Often in life we tend to take on too many challenges all once, leaving ourselves feeling burnt out. For example, you want to loose 15kg, increase your strength, eat nothing but healthy foods and stop smoking. Suddenly you are climbing the Mt. Everest of challenges and you feel defeated before you have started. Instead, break down your goals down into smaller, more manageable achievements. You need to set yourself small goals which help you to achieve the big picture. Such as, ‘I will workout twice this week,’ or ‘I will cut out the soft drinks from my diet.’ By breaking down your goals, it makes them more achievable and gives you something to re-focus on.
- CREATE A VISION BOARD: Now I know this sounds a little cheesy, but give it a try. Often the simple process of creating a vision board allows you to really focus on what changes you want to make and what those changes look like to you. Basically you want to find words, images, symbols or sayings that describe or show what it is you want. Then you want to physically create the board and put it somewhere you can see it everyday, the office, by the bed, on the bathroom mirror. This just reminds you of what you set out to achieve.
- REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR ACHIEVMENTS: So you might not be exactly where you want to be, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t made progress. Think back to a time that you felt proud of what you had achieved, remember what that felt like. Remind yourself that you are capable of change and self improvement.
- REPLACE THE NEGATIVES WITH POSITIVES: Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with negative thoughts, ‘I’ll never loose that much weight,’ or ‘I hate getting up early to workout.’ Instead replace them with positive thoughts and images, ‘any weight lose is great,’ ‘I get to wake up early and better my body.’ Never underestimate the power of positive thinking, the only difference between you and the person you want to be is self belief.
- CHANGE THINGS UP: Sometimes the sheer monotony of a task can make you loose motivation. Having the same exercise routine, gym program or diet, can become tedious and you can find your interest is waning. Don’t be afraid to make some changes to the routine. Take up a different exercise class at the gym, engage with a PT for some assistance, check out some new recipes online and link up with other like mined people for inspiration. Its like they say, ‘change is as good as a holiday.
Its perfectly normal to go through stages of no motivation, we all have times where we want to give up or doubt what we can achieve. But understand that those moments will pass and you will be stronger because of it. Now is not the time to give up, rather you need to dig in and push through.