So you have a goal (get fitter, lose weight, learn a new skill etc.) you pretty much know what you need to do to get there, or at least you can find out...but that's not the problem. The challenge is keeping motivated and on track.
Here are 5 tips that may help:
1. Be the #1 fan of the journey required to achieve your goal. This deserves to be number one. Be fanatical about your goal. Treat it like an area of study. Dedicate time in learning about what it takes to get there. Research what other people have done, how did they do it? People close to you will sense your enthusiasm!
2. Collect data and use it to track progress. Not just numbers and measurements, perhaps seek feedback from others, take pictures over time, arrange mini knowledge tests, post your progress on social media, log your feelings on a scale from 1 to 10 etc...
3. Pair up what you need to do with other routine activities. Introduce another parallel activity that can be performed or enjoyed whilst you also do what you need to achieve your goal. You'll 'kill two birds with one stone' and perhaps knowing there's a dependency on another activity or task (that you'd be doing anyway) is exactly what you need to get out of a motivational slump.
4. Suffer set-backs and bounce back. Setbacks are inevitable, so let them happen, accept them, then take action. Reflect on the situation, make a plan and learn from the minor blip - bounce back even stronger!
5. Share your learning, rants & celebrations with others. Tell those close to you all about your journey, share the experience and make it a healthy topic of conversation. Let off some steam now and again to vent and share your frustrations. Once off your chest, you'll be back on track. Celebrate your progress at key points - remember to celebrate in a way that maintains the progress made so far.
Does this help?
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