Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every morning that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?
There are times when we hit roadblocks or setbacks. Whether you’re having a bad day, stressed out at work or simply don’t know where to start, it’s important to establish your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re doing. Clearly identifying your why will help you stay motivated during those challenging times and continue to work toward your personal goals.
Today, take some time to think about your why—your purpose—for why you are doing something.
Once you establish your why, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere you’ll see it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unmotivated, remember your why and let that drive you to continue reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Gain fitness? Change your eating habits?
Setting goals is an important part of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s. Experience it for yourself by trying a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve established your why, here are some great tips to help you stay motivated toward reaching your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This sounds easy, but establishing new routines can be difficult. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Whatever your goal, schedule time to work on it every day.
If you want to work out in the morning, schedule it in your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, write it in your planner. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a part of your daily routine.
Keep it Simple
Break your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you start by running one mile a day—not 26!
Take this same approach every time to set a new goal. Break it down into smaller objectives that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Fun
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Fun is not the enemy—in fact, it can be a great motivator. Take the time to appreciate your work.
With all-new challenges, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are especially challenging, reward yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Visualize the Finish Line
Create a mental image of you accomplishing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that moment?
Visualization is a powerful tool that can help keep you focused and motivated while working toward your objective. It’s a particularly helpful technique when your work is more difficult and challenging.
Take consistent action every single day—even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might not take as much action. That’s OK! The key is to remain consistent.
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At FXB, we’re more than just a gym. We’re a goal-oriented community when it comes to fitness and nutrition. Learn more by signing up for a free week with your local Farrell’s.