Well, it’s almost February… So how are those New Year’s resolutions coming? If you are like me, you have probably already worn a hole in your skidless yoga mat, have used and washed that brand new gym towel so many times it has frayed edges, and you know your Tony Horton workouts by heart—NOT! Well, I am not really doing so bad, but there have definitely been times that I could use a boost of enthusiasm to get me through a workout, or even to the gym, if I am completely honest. It happens to all of us. That is why I have created the following list of ways to stay motivated and on track to reaching your goals this year:
1. Re-evaluate your goals and cut things that aren’t important.
Time is an issue when you are trying to change your life. If you have made too many commitments for yourself, it may be time to re-evaluate the plan, choose the top three things that are most important to you, and make sure you pencil them in on your “things to do” list each day. If your workout routine is doing yoga 3 times per week, then make sure you have a clean spot and your skidless yoga mat ready on those three days and promise yourself the time to do it, putting other things aside.
2. Track your progress.
I once heard that things that we measure are things that we will see results in. So tracking your progress is one of the best ways that you can ensure success, while keeping yourself motivated. Just imagine the motivation that will come as you see your waistline shrink from week to week or month to month when you write it down as you go.
3. Create accountability.
We talked about this last month, but if you didn’t already get a mentor, it might be time to now, especially if you haven’t had success sticking to your plans. A mentor can help you stick to your plan, even if you don’t feel like it some days.
4. Create a vision board.
A vision board is a way to see your goal on paper and bring it to life. Cut pictures of what you want for your life from magazines or find them online. Put all of the pictures together collage-style in Word or other program on your computer, or glue them on a poster board. Then, look at it three times a day and visualize having all the things you want in life. This will make going to the gym or cranking up the Tony Horton workouts so much easier, because you know just what you are working toward.
5. Prepare your environment.
Decluttering your home and making a space to workout, having easy to make healthy meals and plenty of healthy snacks on hand, and having your gym towel and workout clothes ready each day for your workout time, will make getting to the gym or working out at home so much easier.
I hope these help! How are you doing with your resolutions so far and what is keeping you motivated?