It’s one thing to have a New Year’s Resolution that you half-heartedly stick to for a month or two. It’s an entirely different thing to be ALL IN to your commitment to change your lifestyle.
Whether you’re waist training, eating healthier or improving your fitness (hopefully all three), being motivated for long-term change can be a challenge. That’s why one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself as part of your healthy lifestyle is to focus on what motivates you.
Building simple habits into your daily routine that will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals is practical and powerful. Whatever your healthy lifestyle goals are, do these three things every day:
- Post your goals in a visible place
What do you want to accomplish in the short-term? Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or change the wallpaper on your phone. Seeing that message first thing in the morning and throughout the day will remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s also helpful to be specific about what truly motivates you. Visualize the goal. For example, instead of just “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month,” try “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month so I can dance in it at the wedding!”
- Prepare your back-up plans
What if it rains the morning of your run? What if you don’t have time to come home for lunch? What if you’re obligated to go out to eat? Plan out your days and your weeks with ways to keep you on track when the unexpected happens. Have a workout video ready if the weather is bad. Keep some healthy snacks and meals on hand at work. Eat your main meal at home and have something light at the restaurant.
- Keep a daily journal
It’s helpful to track what food you’ve been eating and to keep an exercise log, but take it one step further. At the end of each day, take one minute to answer the question: “Did I give it my all today?” If you didn’t, write down how you can do better tomorrow.
That’s it! These steps may seem simple, but they work like a charm. Try it and see how powerful the mind can be when it comes to reaching your goals.