MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Creating and maintaining motivation are the keys to achieving anything in life and then sustaining the achievement. It is this motivation that plays a crucial part in helping us maintain momentum through thick and thin. The momentum I am referring to is the energy we require to create, regain, and sustain our efforts to move forward and upward in life. To have this energy we need to learn and practice a range of skills, and use a number of tools to motivate ourselves.
Over the past two days I have described four Motivators. Today I am continuing with three more, and in the days to come I will continue to offer more suggestions….
Motivator Four: Just Do It!
There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget, or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day for your goal. Well, instead of thinking about how hard it is, and how long it will take, just start.
I just put on my sneakers and head out the door. After that, I am in flow. It’s when you’re sitting in your house, thinking about exercising and telling yourself negative things, that makes it hard. Once you start, it is never as hard as you told yourself it would be.
Motivator Five: Buddy Up
Doing many things on your own is difficult, and so is remaining motivated. A little company can make a world of difference. Search out and find someone with similar goals (exercise, weight loss, personal finance, etc.), and ask them to join you. Or, team up with your spouse, a sibling or a best friend. You don’t even have to be going after the same goals, you can use the buddy system as long as you are both pushing and encouraging each other to succeed in whatever is important to each of you.
For example, a friend of mine from work and I are walking buddies. We each set our fitness goals and we have meetings each week to review our progress for the week. We walk together as often as we can and continually remind, encourage, push and reward each other. It can be a fun way to stay on track.
Having a partner is a great idea because you don’t just have yourself to answer to; you have to answer to that other person as well. You’re more likely to stick to your workout or your goal for the week if you have someone to meet. No one likes to disappoint someone else!
Motivator Six: Make it fun
One reason we might put off something such as exercise, is because it seems like hard work. Even if this might be true, the key is to find a way to make the hard work more enjoyable.
Here are two enjoyment examples:
Walking or Running Daily: If you walk or run in the morning at the time just before the sun rises, the colours in the sky are glorious. You can take in this daily spectacle, take a deep breath, and say to yourself, “What a fantastic day!” This is a way to celebrate life.
Group exercise: Making your exercise or other activity a social activity makes it more fun. Cycling with a group, for example, and chatting with others as you ride. Or running with a group. When you do this, you don’t even realize you’re working out!
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