MoHow Posted by Dr. MO All of us feel low and unmotivated at times. And, sometimes we may in fact feel so crumby that even thinking about feeling better seems impossible..
The truth is, it’s not hopeless. We can restart our momentum with some small steps and can get moving again along the path of healthy living.
I’ve been there, in that place where ‘up’ seems to be a million miles away. You’re not alone.
Over the next two days I am going to share some strategies and techniques that I use to leave ‘feeling down’ behind and to revitalize myself. Here are the first 6:
1. Narrow your focus. Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve discovered that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life. I’m trying to do too much. And it saps my energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake we make: we try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many things at once. You cannot maintain your momentum when you have too much on your plate. You have to choose one goal, and focus on it.
2. Find inspiration. Inspiration, for me, comes from others who have achieved what I want to achieve, or who are currently doing it. I read other quotes, blogs, books, magazines. I read success stories. The AmMo morning email of Maintain Momentum, our Facebook page, and this blog are three places to find inspiration.
3. Get revved up. If you want to break out of a slump, get yourself excited about something. Here’s how to do it…. Start with inspiration from others, then build on it. For me, I’ve learned that by talking to my wife about it, and to others, and reading as much about that ‘something’ as possible, and visualizing what it would be like, I get excited. Once I’ve done that, it’s just a matter of carrying that momentum forward and keeping it going.
4. Post your goal. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (“Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. If you are Maintain Momentum member, use the goal setting tool to keep it in front of you everyday. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal also helps.
5 Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. To this end, posting the goal on your wall or computer desktop helps a lot. Sending yourself daily reminders using the Maintain Momentum reminder tool also helps. And when you commit to doing one small thing to further your goal every single day, you increase the likelihood of reaching the goal, and feeling better, significantly.
6. Get support. It’s hard to accomplish something alone. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both.
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