5 Ways to Improve Your Motivation
Christy R. Hall
Using the power of food, tapping, hypnosis and Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) to win the war on weight and emotional eating.
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable. ~Emily Guay
Look around at the successful people you know or read about. Knowing what you know of them, what made them successful? Of course, the reasons for success are varied and complex but one of the foundational reasons for success is motivation.
If you are not motivated, your goals and aspirations will suffer, as you watch your dreams begin to crumble one after another. Soon, you’ll be feeling disillusioned and dissatisfied, wondering why everyone else gets “the good stuff.”
There are lots of reasons we choose to chase a certain dream or goal: praise, support, health, or even money (you know you can get PAID to be healthy, yes?) But, if you’re determined to maintain your health and wellness goals, your reasons must go beyond these surface motivations. If we fail to gain fulfillment while working towards or goals, then the praise, or support, or even health outcomes may not be enough for us to sustain our efforts over the long haul.
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So here are 5 Ways to Improve Your Motivation
- Treat your body with respect. Learn what makes you feel poorly, bloated, fatigued – and try to avoid them. See if you can determine the foods that make you feel good, and aim to add more of those foods into your life. The same goes for fitness and exercise.
- Earn back your body’s trust. Now this one may sound a little “woo” – but hang with me. If you’ve spent any amount of time starving and restricting yourself, you may have taught your body that you are untrustworthy. Don’t starve yourself for punishment. Nor should you exercise excessively to make up for excess calories. You are nothing without your body, so treat it like you would a good friend. Don’t push it further than it can go. Don’t stuff cake in its face. Don’t do that to your best friend either.
- Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. In most cases, it may be subtle. But your body knows what’s working – and what doesn’t. In time you will get a feel for what’s right and what’s wrong and you can make tweaks to where you are and what you’re doing to ensure that you stay moving in the direction you want. Now, before you say “Cake makes me feel good…” Think about it for a second. Cake tastes good in your mouth. And it may give you some feel good chemicals. However, beneath that chemical hormonal ride you’re taking, you may notice increase heart rate, a sense of dehydration, perhaps some salt cravings to balance out the intense sweet, followed by the crash. This ALL counts as how cake makes you feel.
- Show your appreciation. Boost your self-esteem by reviewing how far you have already come and accomplishments you’ve had along the way. Think about some of the things that you never thought you’d successfully be able to change (or do without) that you’ve gotten over and moved past. Do this anytime you need a boost.
- Give yourself incentives for leveling up. Especially when you’re trying to do something difficult, you must have a good return on investment. You want something GOOD for ll your efforts. Sit down and determine level appropriate rewards for your accomplishments. When you find yourself in a slump look at that reward and determine whether it is motivation enough to keep you moving forward. Giving yourself these small non-food rewards will provide an essential boost in morale.
Your body deserves your respect, trust and appreciation. Trying to work with it and not against it, and providing yourself with appropriate incentives to reach your goals, and watch your motivation to accomplish you goals will skyrocket.
“Achieving a goal is based on motivation. Motivation is based on the level of fulfillment gotten by the actions taken towards goal achievement.”