Well that went quick! January, I mean. School’s back, Christmas is a distant memory, most people are back at work (if you’re not, then lucky you!) and it’s starting to feel a lot like “real life” has returned.
Which can be good and bad. Good if you thrive on routine and structure and those things help you stay on track with your health and fitness. But bad if you rely on the start of a new year to provide you with the motivation to make massive changes.
Because when it gets to February and those changes haven’t eventuated… and summer is nearly over and you haven’t lost the weight you wanted or “toned up”… again…
Then what happens? Your motivation starts to wane and you’re stuck in the same old patterns as before.
But here’s a revelation that has helped me temper my expectations: Motivation is fleeting. You can’t always rely on it to carry you through the tough times; to help you stick to your guns and your goals when real life kicks in.
In those times you need to fall back on good habits, consistency and persistence. Motivation is like the icing on the cake – nice to have but not a necessity.
That being said, there are a few hacks you can use to kickstart your motivation – or revive it if the February blues have kicked in!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you surround yourself with different tools, tricks and tactics that keep you pumped up and excited about all the changes you are making (or all the changes you will make if you haven’t started yet!).
This can include:
- Popping in to our Facebook group, Goddess Health and Fitness for ongoing motivation and for building relationships with people who have similar goals.
- Joining a transformation program like our Healthy Habits Transformation Project that has built-in support and accountability (and a proven strategy to help you break through your fat-loss roadblocks).
- Listening to inspiring podcasts (I love Happy Place, Goop and the Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis)
- Creating a playlist that fires you up (and that you listen to DAILY)
- Reading personal growth books
- Watching TED Talks and documentaries, and reading about inspiring people.
It’s so much easier to STAY motivated than it is to re-motivate yourself over and over again (like at the start of every new year ?). Setting aside a few minutes every day to work on your motivation is totally worth it!
Another thing that works: having an accountability partner or coach.
The best accountability partners “get” what you’re working for. They may even be working towards something similar themselves.
They challenge you to be your best, and call you out when you need it. They believe in you, and they help to keep you on-track (and vice versa) no matter what.
It’s the same with coaches, except with a coach, they will provide you with a proven plan for success. They already know what works and doesn’t, so there’s no guesswork involved, and they can help you get the results you’re looking for FASTER.
So if you’re struggling for motivation as the year ticks on, or you’re veering off track more often than not, then finding yourself an accountability partner or coach can be the difference between staying motivated and reaching your goals, or… not.
P.S. I’ve always believed that accountability is KEY to achieving the results you want and deserve. That’s why it’s one of the key components of my coaching programs.
If you’re ready to take it to that next level, I’ve just opened up 5 more spots for my VIP coaching program. If you want to know if it’s the right fit for you, book a call here and we can set up a time to chat.
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