Create Habits to Stay Motivated
It should come as no surprise that the habits we form will determine our success or failure. After all, habits already dictate a lot about our lives. If we, for example, eat large amounts of highly processed food regularly and don’t exercise, we can expect to have physical consequences for our actions. That’s why it’s so important to form good habits so that we can reach our fullest potential.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that these same good habits can help us to stay motivated and inspired when it comes to realizing our goals.
Let’s look at some examples:
1. Take care of yourself. If you’ve ever been sick then you know it’s impossible to be productive, or even to have a positive attitude when you’re not feeling good. That’s why it’s so important to take charge of your health. Carrying extra weight not only drags you down but affects energy levels which in turn affects productivity and in fact affects your long-term health. Setting up some healthy habits such as making fitness a part of your daily health practice, or making changes in what choices you make each day on what foods you choose to eat will help you to stay inspired and motivated because you’re feeling better when your body is in sync. Your improved health makes this a win-win all the way around.
2. Revisit the reason you’re doing what you do. We talk a lot of your WHY. You can read more about finding your WHY here, https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/…/the-six-pillars-of-health, https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/stay-inspired-tip and https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/three-solid-tips-to-win-with-your-health-fitness-goals
When you make goals, you tend to feel that initial surge of enthusiasm for the project. Sadly, this motivation tends to wane over time. Build a habit that forces you to revisit the WHY goal to bring that motivation level back up. For example, if you’re doing something that will benefit a specific health or fitness goal practice each and every day to ensure that stay on track.
3. Be proactive. When I first began my personal health, fitness and weight loss journey way back in the mid nineties I was out of shape, 100 lbs. overweight and my health was heading in a direction that would have certainly caused me huge health issues if I didn’t do something to make a change. I saw my mother lying on a hospital bed waiting for a hip replacement for two days and it was clear to me if I didn’t begin to make different life choices, I would be my mother in twenty years. The very next day I started my new health and fitness practices. I was proactive in my plans. I borrowed a fitness video and did what I could. Each day I just did a bit more exercise. Over time I was able to reduce my weight by 100 lbs., completely change the foods that I ate, and so much more. I made it happen over time and this is possible for anyone looking to get and stay motivated/inspired with new health and fitness habits
4. Focus on the small stuff. If you’re dealing with a big goal, such as weight loss, it’s easy to lose your motivation when it feels like you’re not making progress. Having small goals gives you milestones to celebrate and builds motivation back.
These kinds of goals come from small changes, like planning to eat a little differently (cutting carbs, eliminating gluten and sugar for example), or in taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you. That is an easy habit for you to build, in that it involves choosing a little more carefully what company you keep. Building a habit of meeting with this group on a regular basis not only keeps you motivated but has the added benefit of cementing relationships with those around you.
Building good habits is an awesome way to stay on track to reach your goals. The best part? As with any habit, if you do it enough, you’ll wind up acting without thinking, making motivation an automatic part of your life. How cool is that?
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