Like most things, the start of a new journey is the fun part! Ordering a juicer, setting up your home gym, downloading a meditation app, picking up some new essential oils or putting on your new yoga gear can all put a real spring in your step. But without the right motivation to keep going, these new toys can easily sit gathering dust before becoming relegated to the back of the cupboard. If you’d like some help to stay on track with your health and wellness goals, read on...
Find your why
There are a hundred and one reasons to want to be healthier. Maybe you want to lose weight to improve your health and feel more energised. That’s what’s known as intrinsic motivation. Or maybe you want the approval of your friends or instagram followers. That’s an extrinsic motivator. It might seem counter intuitive, but research tells us that extrinsic motivation alone is actually less likely to be successful than intrinsic motivational factors (or a combination). Try to understand why you want to achieve your goals and make sure you include some intrinsic factors. That’s to say, goals that are personally meaningful to you rather than to please or appease others.
What’s in it for me?
Understanding the value and benefit of your actions can help keep motivation high. Try writing down 100 reasons why you should take action, in order to give your motivation a boost. Ask yourself: How will I benefit? What will I gain if I do this? What will I lose if I don’t? How will I miss out? What’s the risk of doing nothing? How will I look? How will I feel? What will I be able to do? Display some of the reasons around the home or workplace as a reminder, or set them up as alerts in your calendar.
Setting goals that are in alignment with our personal values and life purpose supports motivation. Action that’s underpinned by our values is far more powerful than our attempts at self sabotage. Not sure what your values are? Read “Why we should live in alignment with our values” in the blog, or book a coaching session.
Motivation will always wane and fluctuate. It can be helpful to carry out some scenario planning when your motivation is high, so that you’re prepared for any attempts at self-sabotage in the future! For example, put your workout clothing next to your bed before going to sleep, put your alarm on the other side of the room to get yourself out of bed, or have the fruit bowl within easy reach and the treats out of sight. A defensive strategy equips you to tackle your saboteur head on.
The list of motivational techniques is almost endless. Wellness Calling offers full-day kickstarter workshops to provide you with all the tools, techniques, motivation and support you’ll need to get moving on your wellness journey. If you’d like to find out more about the workshops, you can register your interest here. Or learn more about one on one coaching here.