10 Tips to Stay Motivated
It’s almost the end of January and can I have a show of hands from all of the people who are still sticking to their New Years Resolutions? Hmmm… Ok, well on that note, I thought I would blog about staying motivated. The one thing that I have learned in this kids belts business is that anything that is worth it, takes hard work, dedication and motivation. “If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.”
10 Tips to Stay Motivated
- Make sure the goal is yours. I know that sounds silly, “But, Chelle, who else’s goal would it be?” There are so many times that we set a goal based on someone else’s ideas. “You should be a doctor.” “You should lose weight.” “You should open your own business.” Granted all of those things might be nice, but if you don’t want them, your goal is doomed to fail from the get go.
- Be clear about the payoff. Don’t just set a generic goal, “I want to run a 5K.” Make it a specific goal, if it’s to run a 5K, search out the 5K’s in your area and pick one. Sign up for it and make your goal to run that specific 5K.
- Make a list. Whatever the goal you have set for yourself is, I’m pretty sure that there are steps you need to take to get there. Make a list of those steps so it’s all laid out there for you.
- Set small milestone goals. Is your goal to get a new iPad, but money doesn’t permit? Set small goals, saving $10 a week is easier than coming up with a few hundred or worse putting it on a credit card and then paying interest. If your goal is losing weight, don’t focus on the big number, take pound by pound. Trying to lose a pound a week seems easier than saying “I want to lose 50lbs”.
- Focus on the good. Don’t bury yourself in the set backs. I read something the other day that put that into perspective, “Saying oh, I already ruined my good eating today so I’ll just eat junk is like saying, oh, I just dropped my phone on the floor I’ll just smash it until it breaks.” Funny, but true. Don’t let one setback trip you up.
- Make it fun. I know that I am more apt to do something if it’s fun. Whatever your goal is, find a way to make that the best part of your day. If your goal is to learn a new language, check with your friends, they may be interested and you guys can make it more of a game.
- Take a different approach. If what you are doing doesn’t seem to be working, change it up. You have heard the saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” while that is a bit gruesome, it’s true. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different. If your goal is learning to cook and all you are doing is messing up recipes from a cookbook, try something different. Sign up for a cooking class in your area, check out online tutorials, get a friend who can cook to show you some techniques.
- Reward yourself. When you hit your small milestones, be sure to reward yourself. When you lose that first 5lbs, treat yourself to something (non food related) you like to do (manicure, massage, shopping, going to see a new movie, etc).
- Have an accountability partner. Let’s face it, when we tell someone we are going to do something, the guilt from that alone makes us more likely to stick to it, but also a good friend will be your cheering section. They will pick you up when you struggle, they will motivate you when you need it and they will celebrate with you when you have made it!
- Make a list. Wait… didn’t we already do this one? “Is she just checking to see if I am paying attention?” No, I’m not. This is a different kind of list. Make a list of the consequences of not completing your goal. That’s right, all the bad stuff. Now I know that the world won’t end and it won’t cause a zombie apocalypse, but there will be consequences for not completing your goal. Weight loss goals, if not completed, have a negative effect on your health: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. You never know, seeing what NOT FINISHING your goals looks like in black and white might be all the motivation you need.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to stay motivated, but hopefully some of them will trigger something for you and keep you motivated. I’d love to see what motivates you. Please feel free to share!