Faith & Encouragement., Healthy Living.

3 Tips to Finding Motivation

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“Rise up. Start Fresh. See the opportunity in each new day!”

That’s a great quote and should motivate any of us to want to jump out of bed and make the most out of our day. Let’s be honest, some days aren’t that simple. Some days require a lot more mental coaching to get ourselves up one hour earlier to hit the gym. Some days, our dreams seem so far out of reach and we wonder how we will ever get to where we want to go.

Where I always struggled was “HOW?”. How do I get myself feeling like I can take on the world, when I feel sluggish and unsure. Here are 3 different tips that can help you find your way to your goals and dreams!

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  1. Have you tried changing your nutrition plan yet to stay MOTIVATED toward your goals? Are you sticking to it? I want to you to think back to the last 48 hours. What did you eat? Did you fuel your body with foods rich in vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, and healthy carbs? OR Did you nickel and dime your day, giving away small portions of your nutrition to temptations? When I say nickel and dime your day, I mean you ate your egg whites and oatmeal in the morning, but between lunch you had a “small” piece of donuts. Then at lunch you had the salad on the menu, but you also ate “half” of the bread it was served with. I can keep going, but I think you get my point. The word choices we use… “half”, “just a small piece”, “I only ate _____”, usually equates to us giving in to small things through the day. They don’t feel harmful when we are eating it ((that “mini” snickers bar you had at work)), but they add up very quickly by the end of the day or the end of the week.  I would challenge you, if you are lacking motivation, give yourself two solid weeks without the nickel and dime habit. Throw out the justifications for why you had something that won’t help you to your goals…. small, mini, just a tiny, only… You will find better results and chances are you will be more MOTIVATED to keep going.
  2. MOTIVATION is in the bigger picture broken down in to smaller steps. There is where you will find vision. I am a firm believer that it is not enough to say “I want a new job.”… “I want to pay off debt”… “I want to lose 15 pounds.” You must have a plan! Getting a new job, paying off credit card debt, losing 15 pounds, it is always POSSIBLE. How we get there is in our hands. Try taking the bigger picture… “I want to lose 15 pounds”… break that down in to smaller, bite size goals, WRITTEN DOWN! If you think you don’t have time to write down your goals, try using your lunch hour to sit and write in your car. Losing 15 pounds means we first need a time frame… 4 weeks? 2 months? 1 year? You decide. Then take that time frame and write down all of the things you need to do to accomplish it… eat well every day. How many special occasion meals will you have? When will you shop for groceries? How often will you hit the gym? These smaller goals is where you will find your MOTIVATION. Each morning you will know what you need to accomplish in order to hit your goal in 4 weeks. Create a mental picture in your mind of where you are headed <<a clear vision means dreaming of what you will look like, what will you wear, who will be around you, how will  you feel, etc.>>  and use that vision to MOTIVATE you each day while working toward your goal!Goals
  3. You have to decide! MOTIVATION and self MOTIVATION is hidden within a decision. Here’s the deal, no one else can accomplish your goals for you and as much as we wish they would, your dreams won’t appear in reality without some work. You have to decide how hard, how long, and how strong you are willing to go and fight for your dreams. The sooner you come to terms with a decision and the effort accomplishing your dreams will take, the sooner you will find your self MOTIVATION. In life, you have to go out and get what you want. It takes work… sometimes HARD work day in and day out to accomplish your goals. The decision part is the first step, however. I must decide I am going to put in long hours every day in order to make my business succeed in the beginning. I must decide that in order to pay off credit card debt, I have to give up having “new things” for a certain amount of time. I have to decide, if I am going to lose 40 pounds this year I MUST get up 4-5 days a week hit the gym and prepare my food as it fits my goals.

In the case of decision making, the decision can be made now, next week, next month, or next year, however… the sooner you make the decision the sooner you can begin your journey. Some days are hard, I get it. Some days require a little bit more Spark than normal. Some days you have sacrifices that are hard to make. If we are going to accomplish weight loss, debt freedom, new jobs, new friends, whatever NEW you desire in life, we must decide how far we are willing to go to get it.

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Share your goals with close friends you trust… Share your goals publicly for accountability… write your goals down… make a vision board.

I hope these steps help you accomplish your goals and find MOTIVATION in your life. We are our greatest asset in MOTIVATING ourselves. Anything is possible and it should be the only way you allow yourself to think.

xo, AP

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