I'm a very motivated person and I regularly get asked by friends and clients how I motivate myself. I usually say it's because I'm very determined and I won't embarrass myself by giving up, but I realise it's more than that. So after some thought I've come up with four ways that I motivate myself. Hopefully they'll be of some use to you at the beginning of this new and exciting year.
Focus on your goal.
When I plan to do something I get a clear picture in my mind of what I want to achieve and what it will be like when I get there. I go through what it will look like, feel like, and what I will sound like when I am living my goal. For example when I decided to lose weight some years ago I decided I wanted to get fit and healthy. I stopped thinking about losing weight because that had me focusing on my weight, instead I thought about how I would look and feel when I was slim. I'd imagine what I would wear and what I would do if I was at my goal weight and kept this in mind all the time. Once I was clear about that, I worked backwards from there to figure out what I needed to do now to get to my goal.
Commit to yourself.
This is really important for me when staying motivated. I make an unbreakable commitment to myself to do what I need to do to achieve my goal. For example when I decided to meditate everyday I made a commitment to myself that I would do it. I'm committed to my husband and my job so why not to something that I love and that makes my life and world better by doing it. It can be a challenge sometimes to meditate every day, especially on holiday or when you are tired but since making that commitment I haven't missed a single day. I also made sure to tell people about it, as I knew I wouldn't let myself down once I had.
Compassion is vital component when it come to motivation. It is extremely important that you are kind to yourself when you slip up. On my journey to weight loss I ate several tubs of Ben and Jerry's ice cream but I knew beating myself up about it wouldn't help. If I had been able to resist in the
moment I would have but I didn't so, being unkind to myself or feeling ashamed wasn't going to do me any good. Instead I simply said 'ok so you messed up but I still love you and tomorrow is a new day, let's begin again', and I did. The next day I would start again as if the day before had never happened and I loved myself all the more for knowing that I was trying so hard.
The final thing I do to stay motivated is that I enlist help. I get my friends on board. I tell them I am no longer eating dessert when we are out to dinner. I ask my husband to encourage me not to eat ice cream at the cinema. I get my coaching colleagues to help me clarify my goals and set a clear set of steps to achieving them. I acknowledge my achievements every day by putting them in my gratitude list and I use articles and inspirational books to keep me on track as I constantly reassess and learn about what I want to do, whether it's weightloss, meditation or exercise. Learning as much as I can keeps me curious and helps me re-evaluate when things aren't working.
I hope you find your motivation this year and if you ever need help make sure to give me a call 0868373582.