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Five Tips to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

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Staying motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can swallow every day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?

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There are days when we hit barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re experiencing a bad day, stressed out at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s essential to establish your “why.”

Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Fully defining your why will help you stay energized during those tough times and continue to progress toward your individual goals.

Today, use a few moments to think about your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.

Once you determine your why, scribble it down on a sticky note and keep it in a place you’ll see it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unenthusiastic, remember your why and let that motivate you to keep meeting your goals.

What’s your goal? Get rid of weight? Gain fitness? Change your eating habits?

Defining goals is an essential component of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Forest Lake. Experience it for yourself during a free week with us.

How to Remain Motivated After Determining Goals

Now that you’ve settled on your why, here are some good ideas to help you remain motivated to reach your goals!

Make it Part of Your Routine

This sounds uncomplicated, but creating new ways can be hard. It takes three weeks to create a habit. No matter your goal, make time to work on it once a day.

If you want to exercise first thing, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, pencil it in your datebook. With three weeks of following it, it will become a part of your regular routine.

Keep it Straightforward

Portion your goals into smaller, more achievable actions. As an example, if you want to finish a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!

Use this same approach every time to make a new goal. Break it down into easier assignments that will lead you to the overall goal.

Make it Enjoyable

There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Having a good time is not your foe–in reality, it can be a fantastic energizer. Take the time to appreciate your work.

With all new obligations, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your work is extremely hard, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!

Keep the Finish Line in Mind

Make a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that instant?

Creating a mental picture is a strong aid that can help keep you focused and inspired while working toward your goal. It’s a particularly valuable approach when your assignments are challenging.

Be Consistent

Take consistent action every day–even if you don’t want to. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The important part is to stay consistent.

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