1. REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU STARTED
Majority of the time, we decide to make a change because one day we wake up and realise that the pain of staying who we are today, is no longer ok. That pain is a driver to make us take the first step to becoming better.
Unfortunately, when we are on the journey of change, often that pain becomes a distant memory and it makes it easy for us to lose track and therefore motivation declines - quickly.
The first step to ensuring this doesn't happen, is to NEVER forget why you started. Whether it's a message to yourself on the mirror, 'that' photo of you looking miserable, or those jeans you want to fit into... keep something visible that reminds you why you never want to return to that pain again.
2. FAILING TO PLAN, IS PLANNING TO FAIL
Create yourself a plan and get yourself organised AHEAD OF TIME, so that when it comes to gym time (or whatever your goal is), it's so easy, you don't even have to think about it.
Decisions take energy, and the less energy you have, the more you are likely to make the lazy one. So planning will ensure the decisions are already made for you.
Create a time in your week to sit down and make a plan. When will you attend the gym? What will you eat, and how will you ensure you have that food prepared? How can you make it easier on yourself?
Before you go to bed, set aside your gym clothes. Have your bag packed. Prep your meals. Anything you can do in advance is part of planning. The more you plan, the more energy you have left for the stuff you can't control.
3. VISUALISE YOUR IDEAL RESULT.
This one is super quick and easy and a sure fire hack to getting your head into the right space.
Create yourself a little inspo-file. This file will be your inspiration for the person you want to become.
You can do this in a few ways...
Write down a list of who your 'ideal self' is. What does the ideal you look like? Act like? Feel like? What kind of parent, athlete, friend are they? How is their confidence? Read this to yourself and visualise yourself as that person. Now... get to work.
If you can't 'visualise', find role models who already exist. They can be famous, or just your neighbour... BUT don't pick people you assume are just 'gifted'. Find inspiration in people you know have worked hard for their results and use them as inspiration to follow their path.
Note! Visualisation is really key to achieving anything you want in life. BUT, it doesn't come easy to everyone. Don't give up on it, if it's hard to do on day 1. It's surprising how much work it can take - but it's also so so worth the persistence!
4. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
If there was just 1 thing in the world that could completely change ANYONE's life.... it's the skill of self awareness.
No one knows you like yourself... but the truth is, a lot of people turn the volume down and we lie to ourselves much more than we'd like to admit. It's not our fault. Unfortunately, the majority of us are raised to stay comfortable and not take too much risk. We aren't born like that, but as children, people are in charge of keeping us safe.
As adults however, it's only up to us to re-wire years and years of programming. Our true happiness and results lie in uncomfortable territory. And that means being really really honest with ourselves.
When it comes to making change, think of it like this...
COMFORT GOT ME HERE.
LYING TO MYSELF ABOUT FEELING OK ABOUT IT, GOT ME HERE.
CHANGE IS GOING TO REQUIRE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE.
IT'S GOING TO REQUIRE DOING THINGS I DON'T WANT TO DO, WHEN I DON'T WANT TO DO THEM.
AND ONLY I CAN BE HONEST WITH MYSELF ABOUT THAT.
Do I really need a break today? Am I really injured? Am I just being a little lazy, and need to get off my butt and go to the gym anyway? Honesty is everything.
5. FIND AN ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY.
When all else fails, an accountability buddy is someone who you can trust to be 100% honest with you when you seriously just CANT. BE. F##KED.
This buddy must be willing to call you out on your B.S and you must give them permission to do so... even when you don't want to hear it!
Not everyone is cut out for this job because it's a tough one! These types of people are in fact, sometimes hard to find because being kind often gets confused with being soft. You might find these people in those who have a role as leaders or coaches. You may even be able to find one at your gym!