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Five Tips to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

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Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take once a day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling like you can’t reach your goals?

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There are weeks when we run into roadblocks or complications. Whether you’re experiencing a no-good day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to start, it’s essential to define your “why.”

Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Clearly determining your why will help you keep driven during those tough periods and continue to move toward your personal goals.

Today, use some time to ponder your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.

Once you determine your why, scribble it down on a sticky note and stick it in an area you’ll notice it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unmotivated, ponder your why and let that inspire you to keep reaching your goals.

What’s your goal? Lose weight? Add fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?

Defining goals is a fundamental part of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Columbus. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.

How to Remain Motivated After Finalizing Goals

Now that you’ve established your why, here are some great ideas to help you remain motivated to achieve your goals!

Make it Part of Your Regimen

This appears uncomplicated, but creating new ways can be challenging. It takes about a month to create a habit. Whatever your goal, schedule time to chip away at it every day.

If you want to exercise when you wake up, put it on your calendar. If you want to plan your food every Sunday, add it in your datebook. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a component of your regular routine.

Keep it Simple

Portion your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if you want to complete a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!

Follow this same method every time to make a new goal. Lay it out in simpler objectives that will lead you to the last goal.

Make it Enjoyable

There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Having a good time is not your opponent–in reality, it can be a great driving force. Make time to to be grateful for your work.

With all new challenges, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are particularly difficult, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!

Think About the Finish Line

Develop a mental picture of yourself completing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that minute?

Creating a mental picture is a strong aid that can help keep you on schedule and inspired while working toward your goal. It’s an especially valuable approach when your assignments are hard.

Remain Consistent

Take constant action daily–even if you don’t want to. Some days you may take huge action, while other days you might take less action. That’s OK! The key is to stay consistent.

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