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Five Tips to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

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Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat once a day that initiates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?

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There are weeks when we run into roadblocks or complications. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, stressed out at work, or just don’t know where to start, it’s crucial to establish your “why.”

Your why is the purpose behind what you’re doing. Clearly determining your why will help you stay energized during those challenging periods and continue to work toward your individual goals.

Today, use a few moments to ponder your why–your focus–for why you’re working toward something.

Once you determine your why, write it down on a sticky note and tape it in an area you’ll notice it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that inspire you to persist in achieving your goals.

What’s your goal? Get rid of weight? Gain fitness? Revamp your eating habits?

Setting goals is a fundamental piece of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Ames. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.

How to Remain Motivated After Determining Goals

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

Make it Part of Your Regimen

This seems simple, but making new routines can be difficult. It takes three weeks to create a habit. No matter your goal, schedule time to work on it every day.

If you want to exercise in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your food every Sunday, write it in your datebook. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a piece of your regular routine.

Keep it Easy

Break your goals into smaller, more achievable tasks. As an example, if you want to finish a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!

Take this same technique every time to set a new goal. Break it down into easier tasks that will lead you to the final goal.

Make it Exciting

There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Having an enjoyable time is not the enemy–in fact, it can be a fantastic driving force. Make time to to appreciate your work.

With all new obligations, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your assignments are especially challenging, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!

Think About the Finish Line

Develop a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?

Making a mental image is a great tool that can help keep you focused and energized while working toward your objective. It’s a particularly helpful method when your assignments are hard.

Remain Consistent

Take the same action every day–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The important part is to stay consistent.

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