We all have heard about the famous New Year’s resolution of getting fit and losing weight. As soon as the holidays are over, everyone is excited and fitness centers are packed. But what about couple of weeks later? Does everybody stay on track? The answer is no. A majority of individuals become discouraged. It can be seen more often on individuals without an exercise program designed by a trainer. Usually the ones with a trainer tend to stick more because they have leadership, motivation, and guidance.
But if a person does not have access to a trainer, how he or she can stay motivated? How to stay on track?
Earl Nightingale once said, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.”
Motivation and Confidence
For an individual to stay on track with a goal, needs what I call a game plan. Within this game plan there are many players such as discipline and determination. But there are two that need to be taken care of in order to stay on track. The inside ones: motivation and self confidence. Every morning you have to open your eyes and say, “I can do this”, because I have the power and will to make anything happen. I think that self confidence is the master key. It can get affected by many situations including life events, loss of a loved one, end of a relationship, the feeling of loss of control, stress, lack of support, etc…All these can depress our confidence and eventually our motivation to stay focus and do things, in this case exercise and eat healthier.
Let’s see some strategies to activate:
– Make a list of goals already achieved (even small ones): read it over and over and you will see that you have the capacity to make things happen. Mimic the steps that you followed to stay focused.
– Positive affirmations: personal sentences that you can tell yourself to lift you up. “I can”, I can do this”, ” I will succeed”, “I believe in the power within me.”
– Make an image of the goal you want to accomplish and see it happening. Remember that things take time and we need to have patience.
– Stop excuses: take responsibility because 90% of failures comes from people who have the habit of making excuses.
– Make a support group: if you do have a trainer it will be your major alley in the group. If you do not have one, make one with friends, family, partner, etc…People that will help you get back on when you fall “out of the wagon.”
– Short goals: make sure your goals are short term (ex. weekly) because these are more realistic.
*Always remember before anything to consult your physician before you start any exercise or eating plan*