Motivation Monday – How to stay committed to a new Goal
I recently just joined a Sexy Transformation Challenge event with my friend Margie Pargie over at The Yoga Hangout SRQ as a Judge and Coach; I will be providing Life Coaching tips and offering discounted services to all participants.
I am super excited about this challenge because it is all about helping women become healthier, happier, and strong. The challenge lasts 12 weeks, and as a Judge I will not only be helping to pick the winner and runner-ups, but I will also be participating! There will be workouts, yoga sequences, recipes, tips and tricks, and a whole bunch more, so it is essentially the whole package. The Grand Prize winner gets over 3k worth of prizes, which I think is pretty awesome. (Interested? check out the website HERE)
Whether you are interested in this particular challenge, another challenge, or are just starting on your journey to a new goal / habit / lifestyle change, it is important to maintain focus and motivation throughout. Research now shows that the “21 days” to form a new habit theory is actually a complete myth; the average number of days it takes to establish a new habit is actually 66 days! (for more information check out the article here on the Huffington Post). WOW! This is a lot longer, right? It sure explains why so many people struggle with new habits and often give up.
So let’s be real. Establishing a new habit or lifestyle change is not necessarily easy – some days you will be gung-ho, some days you just won’t care, and most days it will be some effort. It can be wonderful, but also stressful. So here are some tips on how to keep your eyes and heart set on the finish line:
1. Change your perspective.
Instead of thinking of this new activity or challenge as a chore or a stress (which trust me – a few weeks in, it might start feeling that way!), think of it as a devotion to yourself, a way of nurturing and healing your mind, body, and soul. Every time you have a thought of “ugh, I just am too tired,” or “I am just not in the mood for this today,” replace that thought with a positive affirmation: “I devote this time to my body,” “I am doing this to love and nurture my body.” Do the activity with the attitude of love and devotion to yourself and notice a shift in your commitment!
2. Manage your time.
Establishing a new habit or lifestyle change can be stressful if you are not organized. So in preparation, take some time to situate yourself. Create a calendar, stock certain food ingredients that you will be using regularly, and uses lists every day. I also advocate for taking a few minutes each morning to situate yourself before rushing off to start your day. Look over your calendar, make a to-do list for the day, and take a few deep breaths to prepare yourself mentally. Organization is a key element in stress management!
3. Find an accountability partner.
This is essential – having someone that can support you during your journey, hold you accountable for your actions, and provide your feedback is one of the best ways to stay focused and motivated. It can be anyone, so long as you know that they will have your back and help you out. And this is where having a Life Coach can be particularly helpful, because we are specifically trained to help you achieve your goals!
Remember – take one day at a time and show yourself some love. You got this!
Now I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let me know which one of these 3 methods you have used that worked!
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