Recently I delivered a workshop on “being motivated” to a lovely group of ladies. We discussed the many factors in life that can affect our motivation. Maybe it’s an illness, your family, fear, anxiety, pain, depression, diet or even your hormones.
Lacking motivation is something that also comes up very often with my clients. Normally motivation is quite high for the first couple of weeks but then it can start to dip as time goes on. So it’s my job to always keep my clients motivated throughout their journey.
Are you lacking motivation?
Lacking motivation is one of the most common reasons why people struggle when embarking on a new lifestyle. Especially when changing their food habits. In order to enjoy what you are doing, stay on track. You should learn from every little thing that happens. Don’t see setbacks as failures. Use these as learning curves. Keep the goals visualized in your head and practice the 10 commandments below which will help you stay motivated.
I am a big believer of getting some pen and paper and write down ideas or thoughts. This helps us really think about what we are doing and what we want to achieve. You need to have a reason of why you want to do it. If you can’t find your reason, your why, you might struggle to stay motivated.
Why do you want to do this?
How is your lifestyle making you feel at the minute?
What do you want to change?
What is your goal?
Your mind needs to be refreshed from time to time. Especially when motivation dips. This is your mind way of saying “ok time to refresh and think about what I am doing. What are the benefits? How is my life going to change?” You need to keep these ideas fresh in your mind.
An idea is to write out what you want to accomplish. Then place these ideas somewhere so you can see them daily. This is a constant reminder for yourself. This can be related to anything in life. So not just about losing weight or changing your lifestyle.
The 10 Commandments
Practice these 10 Commandments to help you remain motivated.
- Take some time to do things you really enjoy.
- Seek support and guidance if needed. Realise that maybe you need help to accomplish your goals.
- Practice positive thinking. Appreciate the negative. Be aware of them but don’t focus on them.
- Forgive yourself and be kind to yourself.
- Take action! Don’t just sit and think. Action needs to be taken in order to achieve any kind of goal.
- Get organised. Have a plan. And know what needs to happen.
- Don’t overthink.
- Visualize your goal.
- Set small weekly goals. Don’t be consumed by the big end goal.
- Enjoy and appreciate every little change. Remember to learn from your failures and not allow them to throw you off
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