While our good intentions at the beginning of the year started us off in the right direction, as time goes on, many of us begin to lose that motivation that got us off the couch and on the treadmill. If you want to not only find your motivation, but also keep it for the long haul, here are three strategies that can help.
First things first, have you written your goals down on paper? It has been proven that individuals who write their goals down and re-visit them on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis tend to stay on track and achieve more results than those who don’t. The goals that you have written down should be realistic and obtainable. Getting back to your high school size and weight may not be realistic, but reducing your body fat percentage by three percent in six weeks is obtainable.
The second step is planning. With your goals written down and clearly defined you must now plan. Most of the time, failing to reach our goals is the result of not planning. As Harvey Mackey, an internationally-known public speaker, says, “Failures don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.” Planning is by far the single most important aspect to achieving results. Planning the amount of time each week, what days, and what exercises you will do is vital to achieving results. Make an exercise plan to keep you on your journey to good health.
The third strategy is implementation. In order to establish a habit, a routine must be followed for 45-60 days to help them become your life. You must establish a foundation before you can reap great rewards.
Remember: “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”—unknown
Health and happiness, Kriss
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