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Motivation: tips to staying motivated (even when it’s hard)

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on October 11, 2016


Whether it’s a new fitness routine, a diet change (quitting sugar, anyone?) or even just your daily work or study, we’ve all had those moments where we just want to give up. When the going gets tough, here’s 5 easy ways you can get back on track and stay motivated.

  1. Write it down. Whether you like setting big, long-term goals or are more of a weekly planner: get that down on paper. Write down what you want to achieve, why you want to and how you want to get there and stick it somewhere you can’t avoid seeing it. The fridge door is good, the toilet door might be even better. Not only will you get a daily reminder of your goals, but you’ve made a visible commitment to them.
  2. Keep it realistic. It’s all too easy to get frustrated with yourself if the goals you’ve set are too big too soon. Have that 10k run or weightloss goal as your endpoint, and then work out the milestones along the way. It makes it easier to see just how far you’ve really come (plus you get to celebrate more!)
  3. Put it in the diary. This is especially good for exercise – schedule it in as part of your daily routine. That way, you won’t be able to use the excuse ‘I didn’t have time’ because, guess what? You’ve already made time.
  4. Build your team. Family, friends, colleagues – we’ve all got a support network ready-made. Work out who you know that builds you up, motivates you, and supports you – and use them! Whether that’s getting a friend to be your workout buddy, or just sharing your goals with someone you work with, it’s always easier when you know you have people there for you.
  5. Reward yourself. When you’ve achieved something, celebrate! After all, you’ve worked hard. Treat yourself to a movie night, weekend away, or even something small like buying that thing you’ve wanted for ages. Go on, you know the one. You’ve earned it.
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