I know it sounds odd, shouldn’t that be Motivation Monday? No way! I’ve decided to write a quick post on Motivation on Humpday, thats right, the Hump of the week, the weekend is so close you can almost touch it, almost….
Motivation is a subject that I come across every single day, whether it is how to motivate a certain client, how to motivate myself or seeking new motivations when I have worn the old ones out. When it comes to running or whatever you do to stay fit & healthy, it is all too easy to put it on the back burner and say ‘I’ll do it later’, ‘later’ becomes tomorrow, tomorrow becomes next week etc. At that stage most of your energy is going into either feeling guilty for not doing it or thinking up new excuses for why you simply won’t do it. What a waste of your precious energy!
There are a few tricks I have learned that really help me stay focussed and therefore, motivated -
I write down my goals and
break them down into smaller, steps that I can take week on week. If I feel like I am not moving towards my goals and go back and reassess what these small steps are and change them around a bit. For a more detailed look at how to set your goals, read my January post here http://www.runlikeagirl.ie/?p=386
Post its, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, leaflets, photographs, anything that I have seen or read that jumps out at me in a positive and inspiring way – I stick them up on a big board that I see daily. The board is packed with nuggets of advice, stories, words of wisdom that really do make a difference. I refresh this board every now and then as it can get a bit crowded! People have seen this board and laughed but I don’t care, it works for me! Find something that works for you and really embrace it.
Look for a mentor or friend that you admire and aspire to. It’s important to ask for support or help if you are struggling to achieve what you want. This is where a friend or mentor can be invaluable, seeing how someone else overcomes setbacks or limitations will prove to you that you can do it. It will also make you accountable, if you are meeting someone for a run then you are far less likely to whuss out on it and leave them waiting!
Do your research. Reading blogs, magazines, watching your local 5k race, these are all really motivating! Giving yourself the knowledge will also give you confidence that you know what you are doing and where you are going. It is also brilliant to see other people approaches to training and what we can achieve when we put our minds to it.
Hopefully these little tricks will keep you going. I know it’s only Wednesday but I’m going to say it anyway – Have a great weekend!! X
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