Once we’ve set our goals, we all need a little motivation every now and then, sometimes to get us started, or to keep us going when we feel it becomes tough.
Your motivation might be to look your best for an upcoming reunion, to learn to swim so you are able complete a triathlon, or even to improve general fitness and get more out of life.
When goal setting, whatever your goal is, chances are you will need motivation at some point, here’s six steps to keeping you on track to achieving your goals.
1. Find your why.
Why are you doing this? Two people with the same goal can have very different motivations for achieving it. Lots of people say they want to lose weight or want to get fit, it always ranks as a top new year’s resolution, but why do you want it?
Are you doing it for the after photo or bikini body? For your health? To set a good example for your children? To tick a marathon off your bucket list? To qualify for the Olympics?
There’s no right or wrong reason, but you need to know your why, because when it is cold and dark outside and your bed is warm and comfortable, the why is what’s going to get you outside.
2. Set a goal and commit to it.
You can’t achieve a goal you haven’t set, otherwise how will you know when you’re there? Set a goal so big that it scares you and commit to it. Then tell someone, even if it’s just one person, it’s a proven statistic that people who tell others their goals are more likely to achieve them.
3. Remind yourself daily.
Motivation, like bathing it doesn’t last, that’s why we recommend it daily – Zig Zalar. Put a reminder of your goal on your fridge, or your bathroom mirror, or set it as the background on your phone screen. Motivational quotes are everywhere, find one that resonates with you and put it close to your goal, seeing your goal everyday will put you one step closer to achieving it.
4. Surround yourself with people who get it.
Having a supportive group of friends or training buddies makes a huge difference, someone to ride with or a swimming squad makes training more fun.
If there’s no one in your area, then get on social media; Instagram, Twitter and Facebook which are full of people who will inspire and encourage you, there’s so much #fitspiration out there for sport, health and well being.
There’s also Strava where you can upload workouts and training data and share it with your ‘followers,’ you can set segments and try to improve on them, earn virtual badges and win KOM/QOM trophies.
5. Reward yourself.
When goal setting, make mini goals along the way and reward yourself for achieving them, if you follow your training schedule for 2 weeks straight, treat yourself to a pedicure or new workout gear. Tick off the calendar each time you do something to make yourself accountable.
Or if healthy eating is your downfall, maybe challenge yourself to 8 glasses of water and the recommended daily intake of fruit and veggies each day to get a ‘tick’. If there is a set task and good incentive, you will most likely be more motivated to stick to the plan.
6. Enjoy the process.
6. Enjoy the process.
To have longevity in something, whether it be sport or otherwise, you really have to enjoy it. Every session won’t feel wonderful, there will be some times when you question yourself and you might want to quit, but those moments are worth it for the joys and satisfaction of achieving your goals.
You’re going to be on the path to greatness for a very long time before you eventually get there, so you might as well have fun along the way.
About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.