KEEP YOUR MENTAL GAME FOCUSED
I am all about having goals – long-term, short-term, or any-term! They make me happy. I love challenging myself to be better, to do better.
To continue working on being a better version of myself.
But the difference between having long-term, short-term or any-term goals, and actually reaching those goals, is hard work… and maybe a few tears.
- And perhaps most importantly, motivation.
Yes. Without motivation, reaching your goals (or my goals) is next to impossible. And the thing about motivation, is once you have it, you have to hold on to it every step of the way until you reach your goal.
But holding on tightly to motivation doesn’t always work. No. Sometimes motivation slips right through your fingertips. And unless you are mindful of it, remaining motivated could be the very thing that holds you back from reaching your goals.
You know exactly what I am talking about. There has been a time in your life, and a time in my life, when a goal was set. A goal was worked toward. Then at some point, motivation slipped away. It was still within reach, but not close enough to get back. And as a result, the goal was not reached.
If you’ve ever tried, but failed to reach your goal – if you’re starting to lose the motivation to continue. I’m here to tell you, don’t give up. It can be different this time, and it will be different this time, as long as you’re mindful of what you can do to stay motivated.
Our Top 5 Tips for Reaching Your Goals
1. Change your mindset
I’m talking about changing the way you think about yourself. Starting right now. Yes. You are no longer a person who doesn’t exercise. You are an athlete. You are no longer a person who tries to lose weight. You are losing weight.
And you are no longer a person who wants to make healthier food choices. Because you are already are making healthy food choices.
So think about your goal.
And think about what you are doing right now to reach that goal. And even if what you are doing right now to reach your goal feels small, it counts. Because you see, making a change. Reaching a goal takes commitment.
And that commitment starts when you change your mindset.
2. Be proud of yourself
Most of us fail miserably at feeling proud of ourselves before we reach our goal. But every single day we have a choice to do that thing – you know the one – the thing that takes hard work.
The thing that requires following through on the commitment we have made to ourselves. The one that takes being honest with ourselves – to get to where we want to go, to change what we want to change. But in a single day, we are not crossing the finish line.
We are not losing all the weight. We are not getting a degree. We are not having a baby. That all takes time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be proud of ourselves along the way.
Every single day, each and every one of us has the opportunity to feel proud of ourselves.
So ask yourself this, and be honest: What are you proud of today? Have you already done it? If not, go out and do it. Don’t wait until you’ve lost all the weight, or until a challenging or overwhelming lifestyle change has been made.
Don’t wait until all your bills are paid off. Don’t wait until you get the test results. Give yourself permission to be proud of the things you have done today to get where you want to go, to change what you want to change.
However small, or however big that thing is, fall in love with it, and be proud of yourself.
3. Switch things up
Whether you are training for a race, trying to lose weight, or looking to tone up, doing the same workout day after day to reach our goal, is downright boring.
So run on a dirt trail instead the pavement, or run a different route.
Try a new recipe, do yoga, lift weights, and challenge yourself. Challenge your body and challenge your mind to do and feel something different.
4. Make a list of the whys
When you’re working toward a goal, things start to feel difficult. Sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it anymore, or you just feel like giving up.
This is when having a list of the reasons why you want to reach your goal becomes important. Refer to your list as often as you need to. This list is your lifeline, your reminder why you made your goal. Your reminder that you’re worth it – that reaching your goal is worth it.
And most importantly, why reaching your goal is more important than staying the same.
5. Give yourself a break
There is no perfect way to reach your goal.
At some point, you will miss a workout, or not stick to your diet for a day. Be gentle with yourself. Because your next workout, your next meal, gives you another opportunity to stay committed to your why – stay committed to your goal.
You see, you just have to show up, and keep showing up, until you reach your goal. Because there is no perfection in how you reach your goal, the only perfection lies in whether or not you give up on your goal.