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9 Tips to Staying Motivated

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When starting on a new fitness journey, or maybe just generic goals whether it be financial or personal, staying motivated is always a definite struggle!

After this article, an expo marker will be your new best friend! I keep them all over the house and make notes on my mirrors since I likely won’t remember the same thought I had a few moments later considering I always seem to have a thousand things happening in my life all at once!

It’s something I and many of my friends have also dealt with, so here are a few tips of how tackle the struggle of staying motivated and to keep on your hustle!!!

1) Finding quotes that speak out to you

Finding quotes that really speak out to you can really help. When I’m feeling helpless, or little motivation, especially when it’s a struggle to get out of bed at 5am to get my fasted cardio and workout in before class or work, and my warm bed is pulling me back in, it’s quotes that push me out of bed, and even sometimes while I’m still getting my workout done too.

My favorite platform to use for this is pinterest, where it’s fast and easy to find and read some GREAT quotes that will definitely motivate you and will make you want to get up get going!

Some of my favorites are-

“It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up”

“The same water that softens the potato, hardens the egg”

2) Work to make the young version of you proud

When even the motivational quotes won’t work for me, this is what I fall back on, and sometimes I even find it to be more motivational than the quotes!

But think back to when you were a little kid, spending your free time day-dreaming and thinking about what it’s going to be like when you grow up- and take the time to reflect and realize that you’re doing exactly that!

Do these self reflections when you’ve reached a marker point for one of your goals as well, and take those few moments to realize that your younger you would be so proud of you!

3) Don’t stop until you’re proud

Not only should you be trying to make younger you proud, but you should also be working hard to make the current you proud!

This also leads me to the topic that you shouldn’t be working for anybody but yourself! For example- if your goal is to lose weight, you shouldn’t be doing it for your crush or partner, you should be doing it for your own good! Whether it’s to make you feel more confident in your own skin, or to be more healthy, you should be doing it for yourself first and foremost!

That alone will make a huge difference in your motivation levels.

4) Make to-do lists

As previously mentioned in my article of knowing your limits, I mentioned some pro’s and cons of making physical to-do lists of the goals you have for your day.

Make sure to write down for not just the next week or month, but also have goals for a few years out! What do you want to achieve in 5 years? 10 years?

I’m a firm believer in trusting where the universe is taking me, and not having one set path on how I plan on getting to where I want.

But don’t get confused on the difference between setting goals and planning the path to get there! What I mean by this is- with one goal youmight have set, keep your eye on that goal, but be open to trust the universe since there are always multiple ways to get to one destination!

It’s like using Google Maps, it will give you multiple different routes in order to get to the same destination! But unfortunately when reaching personal goals, you can’t plug your goal into an app and have it tell you exactly what you have to do in order to get there. So start taking your first steps that you think will help you get there, then trust the universe and change/adapt as needed!

5) Break your goals down into smaller goals

If you are overwhelmed by a big goal you may have, breaking down into smaller tasks will make you feel a lot more comfortable with it, and like you can actually accomplish what it is you set yourself out to do.

Write down your goals somewhere you can see them

This might seem silly at first, but in those moments you need a reminder as to why you started, seeing those will be right there, and you won’t have to go on a wild goose-chase in order to find them!

Make sure it’s in a place you’ll see daily, for me, I love to write mine on my bathroom mirror in expo marker, so that every morning and every night, I have that small reminder as to why I’m doing what it is I’m doing!

6) Find support

Whether that’s close friends of yours who want to see you succeed and watch you go far, or its a group of people who are trying to achieve the same goal, finding “your people” will help you ALOT! Not only will they strengthen you, lift you up, and make you feel good about yourself, or maybe remind you about why you started, they will understand the same struggles you are going through!

7) Reward yourself

Whether it’s a small or big accomplishment, take the time to give yourself a pat on the back and recognize that your hard work is paying off. Without seeing progress, you’re not going to want to keep going and keep busting your butt, so make sure you recognize the progress, no matter how little or big that improvement is.

With that being said, don’t let it get to your head and make you cocky, nobody likes somebody who brags! Recognizing the progress is also for yourself, not for other people, so don’t run around shoving it in other people’s faces. So remember to also stay humble and don’t let the power get to your head!

8) You don’t win or lose; You win or Learn

While training and competing horses, we are constantly getting knocked on our butts mentally and physically, as there are lots of moments of loss/ failure. If we let those moments get to us, we would never stand a chance in our sport, but it’s also important for us to learn from our mistakes or the little things that happen whether it’s something that happens on the road, or even in the practice pen. But a quote we use a lot can be so versatile and applied to multiple areas of your life, is that you don’t win or lose; You win or learn.

This way of thinking will give you a much more positive outlook on things, rather than beat you down, because if you just beat yourself down, you’ll feel like a failure, and you won’t want to keep trying and working your butt off!

9) Don’t compare yourself to others!

Don’t compete against others, compete against yourself! Always wake up and try to do better than you did yesterday.

If you try to compete against other people, you will mentally wreck yourself and over work yourself. This is because everybody is different, and are in different parts of their life, as well as dealing with incredibly different situations, some you won’t even know about.

So focus on yourself, and only try to compete against yourself, which will increase your success and get you closer to your goals at a healthy rate, without over-working yourself, because you never want to burn yourself out!

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