“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
The lazy days of Summer are over, the kids are back at school, the momentum at work has shifted, the sun is starting to rise a bit later, set a bit earlier and we may just be starting to feel our individual motivation stagger.
We look to fall as a time of planning, reflection and preparation in our life, family, goals, fitness, health and nutrition.
It’s time to tighten up the reins just a bit, but in order to do that, we need to find what inspires us to meet a challenge, set a goal, change old habits and then stick to it.
Motivation is what keeps you going, even when you don’t want to. It propels you toward a goal, gets you up early for a new job, the gym or that run, keeps you eating healthy foods to get leaner, or work a few extra hours to finish a great project.
It is something that drives you out of your comfort zone, something you can be excited and passionate about that inspires, impels, encourages and moves you.
Goals and habits move and change but starting off with the right motivation, you can build and sustain your momentum and therefore become successful in achieving the goal.
Try these tips to motivate and sustain your momentum even when the going gets tough.
Get started—Stop thinking about how, what and why. Just get started. Don’t try to figure out all the details and the outcome before you start. Once you get moving, things will start to flow on their own and that is the first step.
Commit to yourself/ Be accountable—Write down your goals and commitments and put them where you can see them—the fridge, the door, the bathroom mirror, the car dashboard—and follow through daily by charting your progress. Writing it down makes it real. Also, commit yourself publicly through work, an online forum, a blog, Facebook, or in person. It will keep you accountable and present, as well as give you support each and every day.
Read and research—When I am reaching for a goal that is important, I start reading about it. I search for help how to get me there and about others who have gotten there, how they did it, when and what it took. This helps to motivate and keep your eye on the ball. It also helps you take the focus off you for a moment.
Becoming inspired: Look to become inspired by others who have struggled, made mistakes and accomplished their goals. Read their stories and visualize you in their shoes and create a success story of your own.
Think about the benefits (crush the negative)—Instead of thinking how hard everything is, think about the positive outcome and how good you will feel. Monitor your thoughts and become aware when the negative ones start to creep in. Change those old negative tapes and replace them with a positive response such as, “ I can do this,” “I’ve got it handled,” “I’m moving forward, no stopping me.” You will see results and feel the difference it makes in your life.
Your support team: You will be amazed to see what you can accomplish with the right support. Create a team of people that you can partner with, exchange ideas, train with, hold each other up when the going gets tough. When you are all working toward the same goal you will see how your motivation really kicks in!
Enjoy the process: Make it fun. This is your goal so make sure it is something you really want and enjoy. Most of all, have fun getting there. Find ways to mix it up to keep you on your toes. Sometimes the journey is better than reaching the actual goal because in the process we begin to grow, expand and discover ourselves and really see what we are made of when we overcome a challenge. When the going gets tough, smile, even if you don’t want to. This really works.
Health and Happiness,
Looking for some motivation with your nutrition, health and lifestyle? As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I help support and educate people on how to create a healthier, happier and sustainable lifestyle that they can live with for a lifetime.