Goals: always easier to make them than to keep them.
Keeping that motivation going can be tricky so here are some of my tricks based on some of my ongoing goals.
Goal 1: Hydrate
This is a good starting goal for everyone to have if you’re not one of those people that consume their 8 cups a day without even thinking about it. Hydration plays a huge role in so many ways, including keeping your body running smoothly, clear skin, cellulite, brain function etc. So keeping up with that minimum requirement of 8 cups a day is a must! Here are some ways that help me get back on track:
1. Reusable Water Bottle:
I love this bottle by Blender Bottle – I use this for my BCAA cocktail during my workouts as well as to keep track of my water intake. I love how it holds 600ml of water – makes me think “OK… so drink 3 of these and a tea before bed and you’re 8 cups down!!”
2. App: iHydrate
This free app from the apple store helps you track your daily water intake as well as sends you notifications to remind you to keep drinking! I can add in my custom 600ml water bottle and simply click on it when it’s done to add it to my daily intake with my customized goal!
3. Friend Challenge
I find nothing works better for your motivation than to get your friends in on it. I have this group chat with my friends and we occasionally challenge ourselves to drink 1 cup within the given time and send photo proof – super motivating. If you’re at work you can do the same, keeping track throughout your day.. make it fun!
Goal 2: Fitness
It’s easy to get off track with your fitness routine, but just remember that it’s normal for your body to want to rest. Starting up a new fitness routine is always harder because your muscles are not use to it, making them sore and tired. The more you upkeep your routine, the easier it gets and the less tired you will be physically – muscle and body!
1. Don’t aim to high
Often the problem might be making your goals a little too unrealistic. It’s better to start off a bit easier to help your body transition and to be happy with the reward of completion. It’s better to gradually increase your goals with the mental reward of success rather than feeling down if you skip a day because the last workout was a little too intense.
Know your body. If you’re standing up all day and you find that all you want to do when you get home is lay down and as soon as you lay down you lose complete will to even get back up, maybe an afternoon workout isn’t for you. Insomnia? Maybe a workout before bed could knock two birds with one stone. Always late? I find that setting a good morning routine will help you get up and awake for your day helping you be more punctual.. although that might not be suitable for you if you love your sleep. The point of this is to not be hard on yourself. Know your body and know when is best for you. Push a little harder and establish that routine.
3. The Daily Greatness Training Journal
I fell in LOVE with this fitness journal tracker! It’s so beautiful inside. It includes gratitude lists, a daily checklist, weekly check ins and you can even add some of your other goals! It also tracks what you’re eating and how you’re feeling with room for your daily intentions.
The website has other goal trackers such as yoga, wellness and even a business planner.
Goal 3: Following your Dreams…
I had a tendency to set goals for myself and make a plan, and if I didn’t stick to it exactly, it de-motivated me and I fell off track. I love to plan and make schedules and for some odd reason I would rather do things fully rather than with a half effort. For example, if I missed two days of my workout schedule, I would tumble like a snowball downhill and keep finding excuses because my “perfect plan” was not perfect.
1. Aim for every day, but be okay if that’s not how it works out
Better to commit even just 10 min a day to a goal or a dream even if you had planned to spend 1 hour. Just a bit of time every day, will get you closer and closer to those goals and dreams.
This issue that I had was me thinking I could do it all and setting my goals way too high. I could of been able to do it maybe, but it was unrealistic and when I did not pull through, my motivation would die down. You need some success even if it’s little to stay in track and motivated! Set your goals smaller and you will achieve greater things at your own speed.
2. Incorporate fun apps
These days there’s an app for everything. I’m currently trying to learn German for the boyf and there is this app that helps me on the go. It’s fun and it tracks my progress and helps me gain these points I can put towards learning cool things.. There are so many moments where you might be waiting for something or someone and all you have with you is your phone. Perfect opportunity. [The app I mentioned for anyone interested is duolingo – many different language options for all levels]
3. Keeping Track with a Journal
I’m also trying to teach myself Spanish. Learning a new language requires isn’t all that easy unless you put in the work. You gotta look over your new vocabulary and make sure you are using it consistently. I find that keeping a journal with just a little recap of my learning experience helps motivate me for next time. It also helps me see how many days and hours I am committing to this new goal and the progress I’ve made.
Remember that your goal and dreams require a little effort to happen.. The effort is beyond rewarding.