How to Stay Motivated
So you made your usual list of New Year resolutions. You once again decided to get in shape, stop smoking cigarettes and eat well. You started off full with promise and excitement. You even paid for that expensive gym membership, buy your nicotine patch and a new juicer. After about two weeks you find your self going to the gym once. You are currently on your second carton of cigarettes and you haven’t turned down a doughnut yet? What happened and how can we get back on track?
The human brain is hard-wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Most of our vices were develop over time and now requires hard work to eliminate. Hard work is painful. Sometimes the pain is mental sometimes it’s physical. It will take motivation, discipline, and determination to make our goals a reality. Here are 3 things you can do to keep motivated enough to push through the pain of doing.
Having a strong enough ‘why’.
Knowing and having a strong ‘why’ will make it easier for you to keep on or get back on track. For example; you might want to lose weight to feel confident in a two-piece bathing suit this summer. That might be enough to motivate you temporarily, but unfortunately, it is very easy to slip into old bad habits went things get difficult, or when you reach your goal weight. Another ‘why’ might be to get in shape so you will be healthier; so you can be around for the people you love. That might be a more compelling ‘why’. Whatever your ‘why’ is, use it to propel you to success.
Set yourself up for success.
If you are planning on going to the gym early in the morning, lay your clothing out the night before. If you overeat when you get hungry be sure to pack a few healthy snacks to power through a busy afternoon. We are much more likely to stick to our goals if we are prepared and organized.
Seek Mentorship or Join a Group.
Seek out people that have similar goals and want to encourage you. Having a mentor or a support system whether it be professional or a group of friends can help keep us accountable in the event that you slack off. You can also seek out a mentor to give you advice on the best ways to overcome a plateau that can derail and discourage progress.
A study by University College London has cited that it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. Using some of these tools can help you stay motivate until goals become second nature.