Have you ever noticed that gyms are packed to the rafters in January, but as each week goes by, less and less people seem to be there. By the time late February is upon us, the gym is back to only having the normal faces who were all there prior to January.
I’m not longer a member of a gym, but when I was for 4 or 5 years, I noticed this happen every single year. People would set themselves new years resolutions and take them on at full speed in January, only to lose motivation as time went on.
This phenomenon isn’t exclusive to gyms, or even January (although it is more pronounced then). I find that it’s very common for people to start off on a journey with the best intentions, only to lose motivation as other parts of a persons life take priority, or people just simply lose interest.
I personally find that I really struggle to commit to things when I don’t start seeing immediate results. I can get frustrated and feel like giving it away and pursuing other activities. The thing that keeps me going is that I have a number of techniques that I use to help keep me motivated.
1 – Involve Other People
The single biggest determining factor to if I continue with something is if I have other people involved. I’m not 100% sure of the reasons, but I think it has something to do with not letting other people down. You feel as if you are more accountable if others are expecting you to do something, rather than if you are just doing something independently.
2 – Set Good Goals
The next thing that I like to do is to set goals using the SMART methodology for goal setting. SMART stands for (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely). If you set your goals with those 5 principals in mind, you are going to immediately improve your chances of being successful.
3 – Track Your Progress
The final way that I stay motivated is to track progress on specific milestones or targets. This will help me to see how I am progress, as sometimes even if you are getting ahead and moving in the right direction, it can feel like it is going too slowly. Having it all tracked helps to put things into perspective so you can see where you are now compared to where you started.
Have you got any tips?
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