One of my favorite quotes is “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” There has never been a more accurate quote, but what happens if you become un-motivated before what ever you are doing becomes a habit?
Sometimes, no a lot of times people become discouraged or frustrated because reaching their goal is taking longer than they had expected. As a result they stop performing the specific actions that are needed to reach their goal and those actions do not become habits, which leads to nothing changing.
Therefore this post serves as a reminder that the health and fitness goals you choose should be part of a bigger picture, HEALTHY LIVING! Everything you are doing is a process, a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.
It is not going to happen over night or over a week, but it will happen if you stick with it, be patient and maintain an attitude (and behavior) that moves you in the right direction!
Staying motivated, to reach your goal, is no easy task. It is possible, even for the strongest of willpower, for one’s determination to slip as time passes. However, there are endless ways of giving yourself a little push as you progress. Here are 4 things you can do to help yourself stay motivated on your health/fitness journey…
Envision yourself enjoying the fruits of your labor. What I mean by that is if you are training to run a marathon, envision yourself crossing that finish line and how excited and proud you will feel.
Obtain positive reinforcements from your peers and family members. Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. The people in your life can act as a very powerful tool to give you a boost, both mentally and emotionally.
Take it one day at a time. You must tell yourself that Rome was not built overnight, or something like that. Developing healthy habits, changing behaviors and reaching goals take time, be patient with yourself.
Be optimistic. Keep your spirits high. Tell yourself everyday “I can do it!” To reach your goals you must stay positive and believe in YOU! It can be done!
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Yesterday was my Healthy Habits Workshop and it was truly inspiring to see participants focusing and opening up about their health goals! Everyone really connected and supported each other with pinpointing goals, designing plans and coming up with doable actions! A Sunday well spent!
The take home message here is “Yes You Can” train your brain to create healthy habits! Keep these 8 things in mind…
1) Specify the habit you would like to create.
2) Recognize the intentions and purpose of your habit.
3) Understand the value of adopting the new habit.
4) Repetition is key.
5) Be aware of warning signs and/or triggers.
6) Create a solid plan of actions.
7) Stay motivated in keeping the new habits.
8) Understand that creating new habits take time.
Go make some healthy habits and stop saying “I can’t” and start saying “I can!”
Happy Monday! I’m so excited to share with you that I will be offering a Healthy Habits Workshop on Sunday February 12 1:15 to 2:45 at Ride Oakland! Bay Area folks come join me as I help you develop a doable and sustainable plan for reaching your fitness goals as well as the skills needed to turn those goals into lifelong habits! More info below, plus a link to sign up!
Healthy Habits Workshop Sunday, 2/12
Getting fit, eating healthy and losing weight are consistently at the top of the list for New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to these goals can be tough. The Healthy Habits Workshop will help clients develop a doable and sustainable plan for reaching fitness goals and teach skills that will turn those goals into lifelong habits!
Donna Ricketts, MPH, a health coach and fitness educator who also happens to be one of our awesome RiDE instructors, will be leading this 90 minute workshop. Details and sign up below.
Sunday, 2/12 @1:15-2:45 pm
Motivational Monday – Goals Into Habits
Happy Monday! Are you ready to reach your goal? When you set your intention/goal, the odds of you reaching that goal are not very good unless your habits already support it. So if your goal is to become more flexible, but you are not doing anything to increase your flexibility such as, yoga or stretching, you’ll need to change your habits in order to achieve your goal.
Think in terms of your daily habits, especially if your goal is a big one. Nothing to complex just simple daily habits that are easier to do and maintain.
Now write down the habits you will complete daily, working them into your everyday life. Be specific! Identify when, where, and how you’ll implement them. Leave nothing to chance.
Going on this week…
Soul Food Wednesday – Ai James will begin “Cooking 101: The Basics” a series of tips, infograhpics and short video clips to help you improve your healthy cooking techniques. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for all the details!
Friday – Ready For The Weekend – Weekend Fitness Challenege! Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for all the details!
Small daily improvements…
Don’t ruin a good today by…
When it comes to your diet…