How to get motivated? How to stay that way and reach some insane (but achievable goals)?
That’s a pretty common question for people to ask. I even Googled it and there were almost 19,000,000 results…WOW!
Well I can share with you what has worked for me over the past 2 decades. I’m certainly no Wonder Woman and I do have setbacks, but long-term consistency is key.
5 things that have truly helped me to stay motivated
1.KNOW YOUR GOAL – The more specific you can be with it, the better. Wanting to lose weight or run faster isn’t enough. Exactly how much weight are you wanting to lose? How fast, down to the seconds, do you want to run that mile? By knowing specifics, you can then jump to #2.
2. This is something I learned from my Mentor, Chalene Johnson. Reverse engineer that goal. Let’s say you want to lose 25 lbs. Well, if you want this to be long term weight loss, you cannot lose it too quickly or it’s not sustainable. 2 to 3 lbs a week is the most you’d want to lose. With that being said, it’s going to take you about 10 weeks to reach your goal. By putting your BIG goal into chunks, you can not only focus on one week at a time, but you can also have 10 mini celebrations on your way to the big 25 lb weight loss party (without cake…opt for some berries with homemade whipped cream)!
3. Don’t try to do it alone. We are people pleasers by nature and it’s MUCH harder to let someone else down than it is to let ourselves down. If no one knows you’re trying to cut sugar out of your diet and they see you eating a Snickers Bar, there is no one to lovingly remind you of your goal. Tell those close to you your goals and better yet…ask one to be your accountability partner. Whether I have a fitness or business goal, I ALWAYS find someone I’m close to and ask them if they’d set a goal for themselves as well so we can do it together. It’s nice to have friends and/or family that want to help you be better, isn’t it?! I love those that make me want to “Level Up!”
4. Educate yourself. Now this has REALLY worked for me over the past several years. Let’s just say that I let sugar creep back into my diet (Halloween is a bugger for me I tell ya). The FASTEST way for me to stay motivated to NOT eat or drink it is to read a book, listen to a Podcast or watch a documentary on how bad sugar is for me. It’s like going to church people and you want to confess ALL your sins and promise to NEVER touch that stuff again! Hallelujah!
5. Don’t leave it to chance, organize your life. Whatever your goal is, it’s going to take action everyday…several times a day. What if your goal was to become Insta Famous? You’re hella good at applying makeup and by December 2017, you WILL be noticed and picked up by a major cosmetic brand. Good for you but without #1 posting good content everyday and, #2 researching the latest trends everyday and, #3 liking the posts and pages of those you want to be discovered by everyday and, #4 practicing creative new ideas on yourself everyday – that long term goal won’t become a reality. If you don’t set aside specific time everyday to do the above mentioned (or food prep and workout if weight loss is your goal), you will not create ‘good’ habits and old habits and favorite TV shows will creep back into your life.
Simply stated: stay motivated by knowing exactly what you’re after, breaking it into smalls goals, finding an accountability partner or group, strengthening your ‘why’ by educating yourself and organizing your day by prioritizing what’s important first. By doing this (and yes, it’ll be challenging at first), you will crush those goals like Grave Digger crushes old Buicks!
My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 44! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 28 years and married for 23 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 19 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 17 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 11 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!