Last month I shared with you some tips on how to keep your energy high and your summer glow well into the Winter months.
This month, I want to continue that journey by sharing with you some tips for keeping your motivation high.
I have been asked about my personal motivation and whether I struggle sometimes to get on my yoga mat or to keep my eating habits healthy. These tips are ones I personally turn to, to ensure I am feeling my best and working each day, towards the best ‘me’ I can possibly be.
1. Make sure the changes you are aspiring to, are the changes ‘you’ actually want to make.
It is an easy mistake to make, you decide you need to improve on this or that, maybe your aim is to stop smoking or to start a new exercise routine, just because you feel you should and not because you want to!
Maybe someone is hounding you! Even if they are genuinely concerned for your wellbeing, if the motivation is coming from them and not you, it will be harder to stick to the plan.
Take a few moments, with a pad and pen and write down the changes you wish to make and also the reasons for those changes. If the changes are for health reasons, be sure to note how much better your life will be if you can embody those changes.
Sometimes it does help to do something for someone you love, maybe you want to run around more with your children or grandchildren these may be genuine incentives for you.
Either way, being clear about your feelings and connecting with yourself, with honesty and with a sense of worth, will help to lay down the correct path for success.
2. Make small changes to start with.
Completely changing your diet or way of life is very difficult. Start by cutting out some of the things that are not helping your health or wellbeing and replace them with healthier alternatives. You will find it easier to stick with small changes rather than feel you can’t eat anything you used to eat or that you have to exercise for hours a day!
If you are bringing in a new exercise routine, make sure to do a small amount every day, 10-20 minutes is all it takes and it is far better for you than a single one hour block per week.
Be sure to have written your motivation down in your notepad and have decided the reasons for this change.
3. Make a mental note of how good you feel, once you have achieved even one aspect of your chosen goal.
It maybe that you have cut out sugar and have gone one whole day or even gone from 3 cups to 1 cup of tea with sugar in it.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Be sure to note down in your book, your achievements and how they make you feel. You can then read back on these for motivation in the future.
4. If you break your ‘rules’ for one day, don’t beat yourself up.
Guilt and self loathing won’t help to keep your energy high and it will be harder for you to muster up the motivation from this point on.
Just make a note that you felt better after completing the achievements you have made over previous days, and stay with that energy instead.
Read back through your notebook of achievements to regain your motivation.
5. Don’t think too far ahead.
If you want to see lasting results, you have to create a habit. If you have an end goal of wanting to lose 5 stone and to be able to stand on your head, you may find that mountain too large.
Trust that small changes, every day will lead you to your goal and be proud of yourself. Getting fitter and healthier is a journey and it is a rewarding one.
Habits take a while to form and they take a while to change too!
6. Spend time with people that naturally support your goal!
You may want to join a fitness class or a weight watchers group, where you will find support and guidance.
People who are naturally ‘into’ or are passionate about the changes you are making can be great motivators; without even trying and just by being in their company, you will be walking the walk and talking the talk before you know it!
A word of caution, don’t see their achievements as a mountain you have to climb, instead, draw from their enthusiasm and let it lift your motivation higher!
If you have decided on some changes as you move towards Christmas and the New Year, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try my best help you on your journey.
I always love to hear your feedback.
If you are serious about your goals, you may be interested in a Workshop I will be running on 21st October, aimed at helping you to establish a regular practice of Yoga, Meditation or Relaxation. Do get in touch if you feel you may find this helpful. Full details of the workshop can be found here.
With warmest of wishes.